Police Hunt BMW Driver After Coburg Hit-run Leaves 13-year-old Girl Clinging to Life
Debris from a car that hit a 13-year-old girl will prove crucial to police hunting the driver who abandoned her clinging to life on a road in Melbourne's north.The teenager was hit while riding her bike across the Bell and Sussex streets intersection in Coburg about 8pm on Sunday.The girl, who was not wearing a helmet, remains in a critical condition at the Royal Children's Hospital."We've got a 13-year-old girl who is absolutely fighting for life. She may not pull through," Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said."What sort of person hits a young girl and then doesn't render assistance?" The driver, who had been travelling west on Bell, stopped briefly before fleeing the scene. The impact of the crash left pieces from the car behind, which has led police to strongly believe they are looking for a grey BMW E87 1 series.Tell-tale damage to the car will be key - a BMW with damage to its front windscreen, left front bumper, left mirror and headlights will be noticed by people who may have seen the car afterwards or know the driver, police said."There will be people out there that will know who was driving this vehicle," Mr Fryer said."Certainly the driver is aware. They stopped momentarily and checked out the young girl that was hit, the 13-year-old. Whether the vehicle has pulled up in a shopping centre or at a friend's house, anyone that has seen this vehicle ... needs to contact police."It is not clear whether it was a woman or man that got out of the car and checked what had happened before leaving.Detectives from the Major Collision Investigations Unit are also scanning CCTV footage from two service stations either side of Bell Street, a McDonald's and homes nearby.Detectives are not certain where the girl was heading to or from that night, only that she was riding across the intersection from its southern side at the BP service station.It is believed she was not living with her parents, but with a relative, and detectives said her family was keeping a bedside vigil."Any Victorian can put themselves in the heart and mind of a parent who has just had a 13-year-old hit and is now fighting for life. They'll be devastated," Mr Fryer said.Several people stopped to help the girl, including a couple on their way home, an off-duty nurse and an off-duty paramedic.Damian and Susan Nippard were first on scene, coming across the girl lying on the road as they slowly drove over the intersection.Her bike was metres from where she lay.Mr Nippard, who was a St John Ambulance cadet as a teenager, told his wife to stop the car and he grabbed the first aid kit they carry."I didn't know if she was alive or dead," he said."There was blood everywhere."Mr Nippard kept talking to the teenager as the off-duty nurse and paramedic worked on her."I told her to 'keep breathing, keep going, stay with us darling'," he said.An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said the teenager was treated for serious head, hand and leg injuries at the scene before she was taken to the Royal Children's Hospital.Mrs Nippard said she tried to comfort two young people, who appeared to know the girl and were in shock.One of them kept asking why she was in the middle of the road, Mrs Nippard said. "They were so scared," she said. Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the collision should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.