Horror as woman is struck down by a car in Melbourne’s CBD and is rushed to hospital in a critical condition – with the driver of the vehicle taken into police custody
A woman is fighting for life in hospital after allegedly being struck by a reversing car in the Melbourne CBD.
She was crossing Flinders Street on Thursday morning when she was hit by a dark coloured Mazda.
The male driver, 33 was arrested at the scene and was taken to Melbourne West police station where he’s being questioned by detectives.
The pedestrian suffered life threatening injuries and was rushed to Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition.
Police allege the driver had reversed 25-30metres before hitting the woman.
‘The driver of a Mazda CX-5 was reversing down Flinders Street and struck a pedestrian crossing the road,’ Detective Sergeant Peter Romanis said.
‘As to the reason why he was reversing, it is currently unknown. We haven’t been able to ascertain the reason why. We are hoping he might be able to shed some light on that.’
The incident sparked traffic chaos in the CBD with Flinders Street closed eastbound between King and William streets.
Tram services were also disrupted.
Police have renewed warnings for all road users to be vigilant with the state’s pedestrian road toll currently standing at 17.
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