A female pedestrian was hit by a ute in Katherine, after which a walking companion allegedly punched and kicked the driver who had stopped to help, before stealing the vehicle, doing doughnuts, driving erratically, and then ultimately hitting the woman again, running over her legs, NT police said.
Police Watch Commander Senior Sergeant Vicki Koum told ABC Darwin radio Wednesday morning a male pedestrian was struck on Katherine Terrace at about 9:45pm on Tuesday. Police later issued a press release saying the injured pedestrian was a woman.
Cmdr Koum said the pedestrian was among a group of people walking across Katherine Terrace heading towards Lindsey St when a Toyota HiLux travelling south on Katherine Terrace struck her.
“The driver stopped and immediately attended to assist the injured male [female], ” she said.
“However, another male pedestrian that was in the same group, assaulted the driver, commencing punching and kicking him multiple times.
“The male pedestrian that has that assaulted the driver of the vehicle, then stole the HiLux did some doughnuts, drove erratically around the scene down the Stuart Highway.
“Then he ended up running over the legs of the already injured male [female], so he [she] was run over twice.”
Both the victim and the owner of the vehicle were taken to Katherine Hospital.
“Fortunately, no life-threatening injuries have been reported, and the male driver was also taken to hospital for treatment of his injuries,” she said.
Snr Sgt Koum did not mention if the driver who first hit the pedestrian will be charged.
Police are still looking for the ute which has NT registration plates 941067.
Anyone who may have seen the incident or who has any information, is urged to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Please quote reference number 9484173.