Motorbike hit-and-run victim lucky to be alive
AN INJURED and in-shock Luke Jensen was left to fend for himself after a brazen hit-and-run traffic crash just metres from his home.
Nursing a dislocated shoulder and fighting the nausea that comes with shock, the physical pain dimmed when the experienced motorbike rider realised the driver who caused his crash had fled the scene.
He never got to work that morning, and thanks to the driver of a white Toyota Camry with NSW registration plates, he won't be able to get there until at least next week while he recovers.
Mr Jensen was about 150m from his Long St home on his motorbike when, about 6.45am on Sunday, the white car turned into the roundabout at Hume St without indicating.
Forced to take evasive action, Mr Jensen was launched over the car's bonnet. His shoulder was torn from his collarbone and he struggled to sit up.
"I've had to brake and slide the bike so I could avoid her," Mr Jensen said.
"Then I've gone over the car in that process and ended up on the other side of the road on the curb."
The passenger of the vehicle initially went to help Mr Jensen and asked if he was alright before the man and the female driver left the scene.
An early morning jogger and another motorbike rider helped Mr Jensen move his bike from the roadway while he waited for police and paramedics.
Wife Michelle Jensen said she was outraged the driver and passenger fled the scene. She asked the public to report any information about the vehicle to help hold them to account.
"Luke was in a significant amount of pain and then went into shock," Mrs Jensen said.
"I just can't get over somebody leaving an accident and I'm just thankful that it's only a dislocated shoulder.
"There is every chance he could have fallen in other ways and become a paraplegic, quadriplegic or in a body bag.
"Somebody has to take accountability for that and I think, in a community like Toowoomba, this car should stand out."
A Toowoomba police spokesman said the incident was being treated as a hit and run, and urged the public to contact Crime Stoppers.
The vehicle is described as a white Toyota Camry with NSW registration plates, possibly with the letter 'T'.