Police hunt driver who hit 13-year-old rider

A CCTV image of a Holden Cruise that struck a 13-year-old boy in Leopold, according to police.

By Luke Voogt

A driver who struck a 13-year-old boy riding his bike in Leopold on Saturday afternoon drove off without stopping to help, police have alleged.

Detectives are hunting the driver of a blue Holden Cruise who allegedly hit the young cyclist at the intersection of Dorothy Street and Allanvale Avenue about 4.40pm.

“The driver failed to stop and see if the youth was injured, instead fleeing the scene,” police spokesperson Leonie Johnson said.

“Witnesses have described the car involved as a blue Holden Cruze, believed to be a 2015 model, with a green P-plate in the rear window.”

Police believe the car has damage to its driver’s side and right-side backseat passenger doors.

“The victim was taken to hospital where he stayed overnight for observation,” Ms Johnson said.

“He was lucky to escape with cuts and bruises.”

Police on Monday morning released images and CCTV footage of the suspect car, in hope of speaking to any witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage of the collision.

“Investigators would also like to speak to anyone who saw the vehicle travelling in the area prior to or following the collision to come forward,” Ms Johnson said.

Police urged anyone with dash cam footage or any information on the crash to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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