Driver charged after fatal hit and run
A MAN has been charged after a hit and run in which a 54-year-old man was killed after stepping onto the road in Newcastle early yesterday morning.
The 54-year-old had stepped onto Railway Road at New Lambton when he was struck by a Holden Statesman about 2.40am.
The driver allegedly fled the scene with stopping to help the man who suffered critical injuries and was taken to John Hunter Hospital where he died a short time later.
About 8am yesterday, police arrested the 44-year-old man and charged him with dangerous driving occasioning death, fail to stop and render assistance after impact causing death, negligent driving occasioning death, fail to stop and assist after impact causing injury, and not give particulars to injured person.
He was granted conditional bail to appear at Newcastle on Thursday, January 25.
Police continue to appeal for witnesses to the incident to come forward.
It is the latest death in what has been a horror holiday period on our roads.
Shortly after midnight yesterday, just minutes into the new year, a 17-year-old girl was killed in a crash in Western Sydney, when the small car in which she was a passenger smashed into a parked car at Yagoona.
A second female passenger remains in hospital in a serious condition. The 18-year-old driver was unharmed and has been charged with several offences, including dangerous driving occasioning death.
The final figure for last year was 392 fatalities, an increase of 12 on the previous year and the highest number of deaths since 2009.