BATHURST Police are searching for the driver of a white utility who left the scene of an accident at the intersection of George and Durham streets.
The accident occurred at 4.25pm on Wednesday when the driver of the single cab Toyota utility turned left from Durham Street into George Street.
The ute collided with a 73-year-old Bathurst man who was walking across the pedestrian crossing, from the Dan Murphy’s side towards Bob Jane T-Marts.
The pedestrian was treated by paramedics on scene and then transported by air ambulance to Westmead Hospital in Sydney with serious facial injuries and a fractured pelvis and femur.
Chifley Local Area Command Duty Officer Inspector David Abercrombie said he was in a serious but stable condition.
Inspector Abercrombie said the driver of the ute did initially stop after the accident, however, left the scene before providing a statement to police.
“The driver did stop and render assistance to the pedestrian and remained there for a while and then left when the ambulance arrived,” he said.
“He should have waited until the police arrived and took a statement.”
Inspector Abercrombie said the utility was white with a black bull bar and had a front quarter panel that was a matt grey colour, similar to a paint primer.
“It was a male driver aged 65 to 70 years old, had scruffy grey hair, was 172 centimetres tall, thin build and Caucasian,” he said.
The man was seen wearing a flannelette shirt and dark coloured pants.
Inspector Abercrombie said technically it was not a hit and run, but the motorist did leave the scene without exchanging his details with police.
“It’s important for us to determine who’s at fault,” he said.
Inspector Abercrombie urged the driver of this vehicle to contact Bathurst Police on 6332 8699 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
“We need to establish who the driver was so we can establish what happened,” he said.