A man has been charged after allegedly striking a woman with his car as she walked along the Stuart Highway a month ago, sending her to hospital in a serious condition and fleeing the scene while her angry family extensively damaged his car, NT Police said.
It is alleged the 48-year-old man struck the 47-year-old woman while she was walking north on the Stuart Highway roughly 15km south of Barrow Creek at 8:40pm on April 19.
Police said the man stopped the vehicle immediately after the crash, “but fled into nearby bushland on foot after he was confronted by a family members (sic) of the victim”.
“The family members caused extensive damage to the man’s vehicle prior to police arrival,” media manager Rob Cross said.
“The man was arrested some time later when he approached officers investigating the crime scene.”
The woman suffered “serious but non-life threatening” injuries and was air-lifted to Flinders Hospital in Adelaide after first presenting to Alice Springs Hospital, police said.
The 48-year-old man will appear before Darwin Local Court on June 23 to face charges of driving a motor vehicle causing serious harm and driving without due care.
It is unclear why Mr Cross issued the statement about the incident today.
He said officers from the Major Crash Investigation Unit are yet to rule out whether alcohol was a contributing factor in the cause of the crash.
Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the woman walking on the edge of the road prior to the crash to contact them on 131 444, referencing PROMIS job 9662786.