Man runs from crash after woman and child trapped in vehicle

MONDAY 3PM: POLICE have appealed to the community to help catch the man who fled the scene of yesterday's accident that left a mother and a young child hospitalised with injuries.

The man, who is known to have links to the local area, is described as being aged in his 20s of Caucasian appearance and of a short, medium build.

It's alleged he ran a red light after leading police on a short pursuit following a speeding offence on the Pacific Hwy in a hire car.

Speeding through the intersection after police had terminated the chase he crashed into a Ford Kuga being driven by the young mother and with a young child in car.

The mother and her child were treated in hospital for minor injuries and police have questioned two passengers who were in the offending vehicle.

The wanted man was seen to run north on the Pacific Hwy and fled on foot along Vernon St.

Coffs Clarence Local Area Command Crime Manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said the wanted man had previously lived in the local area and may be hiding out to avoid capture.

"This man ignored the safety of the mother and the small child who were going about their business on a Sunday afternoon," Inspt. Jameson said.

"His actions could have had serious consequences and it's only through sheer luck and good management by the police that this hasn't ended in tragedy robbing a family of a mother and a child.

"We believe this man may have sought refuge in the Coffs Harbour area and anyone who knows of his whereabouts should call Crimestoppers 1800 333 000 to help with this police investigation."

Police say they are following a number of leads this afternoon in the hope of making an arrest.

The man who caused this crash, injuring a mother and her child, fled the scene and is wanted by police.
The man who caused this crash, injuring a mother and her child, fled the scene and is wanted by police. Contributed

MONDAY 10AM: A PHOTO has emerged of the crash scene that left a vehicle, containing a woman and a child, overturned on its side in Coffs Harbour yesterday afternoon.

The crash at the intersection of Harbour Dr and the Pacific Hwy just before 4pm is being investigated by police after a northbound Ford Mondeo allegedly drove through a red light and crashed into the four-wheel-drive being driven by the woman, which had exited West High St.

Witnesses at the scene said the force of the impact saw the vehicle roll onto its side leaving the woman and a young child trapped as bystanders rushed to their aid.

Once freed they were taken to hospital and cleared of major injury. 

The driver of the other vehicle reportedly fled on foot and was the subject of a police search last night.

He was last seen running down Vernon St.

Two passengers in that vehicle were detained at the scene and are assisting police with their enquiries.  

SUNDAY 6PM: A SEARCH is underway in central Coffs Harbour for a man who absconded from a two vehicle incident at the intersection of Harbour Drive and the Pacific Highway.

It's believed Highway Patrol officers were trying to stop a Queensland-registered sedan outside the Coffs Hotel when the driver ignored a red light and drove into the path of a 4WD vehicle heading north.

The impact turned the 4WD onto its side, trapping the female driver and an infant passenger.

Nearby witnesses rushed to their aid and after being assisted from the overturned vehicle were treated by paramedics who were quickly on the scene.

Initial inquiries suggest they were not seriously injured but were taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus for further assessment.

The car being pursued contained three men.

A man believed to be the driver ran away in a northerly direction.

The other two occupants were not so alert - witnesses said one of the men appeared to have a prosthetic leg - and they were arrested at the scene.

Information on the absconder's whereabouts should be given to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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