A man whose car had broken down between Kingston and
Queenstown had his right arm clipped by a passing ute when he
then attempted to hitch-hike, using his right arm and thumb
to indicate he wanted a ride.
Senior Constable Chris Blackford said the incident happened
near Wye Creek about 1am on Christmas Eve and it is possible
the ute driver did not see the hitchhiker, who was wearing
dark clothing, and it was raining.
The ute is described as black and late-model with a flat deck
tray and it was heading towards Kingston.
Snr Const Blackford said the impact caused small lacerations
to the hitchhiker's arm and he was taken to hospital but
discharged a short time later.
The ute driver might not have seen the hitchhiker but may
have felt the ute hit something and if they did, they had not
stopped to check, Snr Const Blackford said.
He took the chance to remind people that if they are forced
to walk on a highway they should walk facing oncoming