Police search for hit and run driver

TROUBLE SPOT: Senior Constable Dave Mainsbridge from Hunter highway patrol at the spot where Adelaide Hare was knocked from her motorbike.Picture by PERRY DUFFINPolice are searching for a hit and run driver who knocked 19-year-old Adelaide Hare from her motorbike in the middle of the New England Highway.

The teenager was travelling home from a friend’s house on Friday when she entered the Maitland Hospital roundabout.

She was about to take the Newcastle exit when a champagne-coloured sedan pulled out of High Street into her lane.

“He jumped out right in front of me,” Ms Hare said. “I swerved, otherwise I would have ended up hitting his door.

“He definitely saw me, but he must have thought he could beat me in the traffic.”

Ms Hare was knocked to the ground and the car driver sped off, leaving the scene of the accident about 2.30pm.

Witnesses ran to Ms Hare’s aid, using their bodies to block traffic while the teenager lay on the road.

“They were really wonderful, helped me get up and move my bike,” she said.

“They stood with me and called police and my mum.”

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Ms Hare suffered minor injuries and was lucky to walk away from the crash.

Her bike, a Suzuki GS500F, was extensively damaged.

The Hare family has taken to social media to spread the word about the accident and police have called for witnesses.

Last week, NSW Police launched a driver safety campaign after four motorbike riders were killed in three days.

The deaths highlighted the need for greater motorcycle awareness on the state’s roads

Highway patrol Senior Sergeant Tony Grace said motorbikes were the most vulnerable vehicles on the road.

“We go to a fair few motorbike accidents,” Senior Sergeant Grace said. “Even a minor accident can result in injuries for a motorbike rider.

“Motorbikes are hard to see. Drivers always need to take that second glance.”

Police are investigating the hit and run and have called for ­information on the champagne-coloured sedan, which was driven by a man in his 50s or 60s.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is encouraged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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