Hitcher clipped by passing car

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 traffic.