Homeless woman’s partner left fighting for life after hit and run made emotional plea for driver to turn himself in
- Sarah Phillips, 34, hit by a van on Saturday
- Her traumatized partner Paul Chircop witnessed the crash
- The police promised to catch the responsible driver of the van
The partner of a homeless woman who was dragged 70 meters down the road in a horrific collision has made an emotional request for the driver to turn himself in.
Sarah Phillips, a homeless woman, was hit by a car at 7pm on Saturday as she was crossing Heatherton Road near Noble Park, Melbourne’s south-east.
Her partner Paul Chircop said Ms Phillips was dragged “60 to 70 metres” by the white van.
The van failed to stop, despite causing such serious injuries that police described Ms Phillips as “dying by the wayside”
The partner of a woman who was ‘left for dead’ after being swept up in a horror ‘hit and run’ made an emotional appeal to the driver responsible
The van did not stop when police said the vehicle had left Mrs Phillips “dying by the side of the road”.
Mr. Chircop, neighbors and passersby rushed to her aid until an ambulance arrived.
Ms Phillips was treated at the scene by paramedics and rushed to Alfred Hospital with ‘life-threatening injuries’.
Victoria Police told Daily Mail Australia she was in hospital in a ‘life-threatening condition’ on Monday.
“Sarah followed me and the van drove right into her. She was dragged under for about 50 to 70 metres,’ Mr Chircop said 9News.
No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.
“Please driver, step up, mate, please do the right thing,” Mr. Chircop said.
Mr Chircop described the van driver’s actions as ‘simply wrong’ when he broke down in front of the media.
Detective Sergeant Stephen Hill said the driver should turn himself in to the nearest police station with a ‘we’ll get you’ warning.
“It’s unbelievable why, but the driver of the van went ahead and left the 34-year-old woman dying by the side of the road until the ambulance arrived,” Det. Sergeant Hill said.
Ms Phillips was hit around 7pm on Saturday night as she crossed Heatherton Road near Noble Park in south-east Melbourne
He said it will be clear the van was in an accident as there will be “significant damage to the passenger side”.
The detectives of the Major Collision Investigation Unit are investigating the incident.
Anyone who witnessed the collision, has dashcam footage or any other information that may assist investigators should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or file a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.