Charges over crash that hospitalised elderly man

(Rebecca Hosking) 194314_11

By Luke Voogt

A Lovely Banks man faces a dangerous driving charge over a crash that hospitalised an elderly Norlane man on Wednesday afternoon.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives alleged a orange Holden sedan and a silver Holden wagon were travelling at high speed along Princes Highway in Norlane about 5.20pm on Wednesday.

Witnesses told investigators that the orange Holden collided with another car, a silver Ford sedan, as it turned out of Surrey Street.

The driver of the Ford, a 68-year-old Norlane man, suffered life-threating upper body injuries and an air ambulance took him to Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition.

A Royal Melbourne Hospital spokesperson yesterday morning said the man’s condition had improved from critical to serious. He is no longer in the hospital’s emergency ward.

The driver of the orange Holden, a 33-year-old man from Lovely Banks, suffered minor injuries and paramedics took him to University Hospital Geelong, an Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said.

Geelong Highway Patrol officers later interviewed the man before charging him with dangerous driving causing injury yesterday.

He was bailed to appear before Geelong Magistrates’ Court on October 21.

Investigators wish to speak to the driver of a late-model silver Holden station wagon allegedly travelling on the Princes Highway alongside the orange Holden sedan prior to the collision.

They alleged the driver of the silver Holden failed to stop at the scene of the crash and appealed for them or any other occupants of that car to come forward.

Police urged anyone who witnessed the crash or with dashcam footage to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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