BABY ESCAPES HIT AND RUN
By CRAIG McTEAR
IMAGINE being almost cleaned up on a pedestrian crossing, and the culprit doesn't even stop to check if you're okay.
Even worse, what if you're abused for not getting out of the way?
That is precisely what happened to a 29-year-old Coffs Harbour mum and her baby outside Aldi at Park Beach Plaza on Tuesday.
The woman had just finished shopping and was returning to her car when the unforgiveable happened at 12.45pm.
She had stepped from the southern kerb onto the crossing when a car approached the crossing from the western side.
It appears the car then sped up to beat her, but instead it smashed into her stroller, sending it and her four-month-old daughter inside into a wild spin, while the woman's groceries ended up strewn across the road.
The car did not stop, and just to rub salt into the wounds, the occupants made rude gestures and comments to the distressed mum.
Luckily, mother and daughter were not hurt, but the woman took her daughter to a nearby medical centre for peace of mind.
Senior Constable Richard Osborne arrived on the scene to take a statement from the distraught woman.
"I'm very concerned about what happened. This seems to be occurring more often in Coffs Harbour ? drivers not showing courtesy at pedestrian crossings," Const. Osborne said.
nHave you been the victim of a hit and run or had a close shave at a local pedestrian crossing? Do drivers show courtesy to pedestrians any more? Email your views to editor@ coffscoastadvocate.com.au, SMS 0437 139 841 or write to 53 Moonee Street, Coffs Harbour 2450.