A 27-year-old man has been charged over a fail-to-stop accident at Brunswick Heads late last Friday night in which a 23-year-old man was struck by a four-wheel-drive ute after he walked into the middle of the town’s main road.
The pedestrian, who was accompanied by two other men at the time of the accident, remains in hospital with serious head injuries.
On Sunday, the driver of the ute attended Byron Bay police station where he was interviewed by police and released pending further inquiries.
Police said that this afternoon (Monday), the man returned to the station where he was arrested and charged with failing to stop and assist after a vehicle accident, cuasing grievous bodily harm.
He was conditionally bailed to face Byron Bay Local Court on 21 April.
The accident happened around 11.40pm on Friday when the 23-year-old man and his friends were walking along the northern shoulder of the Old Pacific Highway in Brunswick Heads, in a westerly direction .
When they were near the intersection with Newberry Parade, police say that for unknown reasons the 23-year-old walked into the middle of the road where he was struck by the eastbound ute.
Police say that after the collision, the ute did not stop and drove off at high speed towards Brunswick Heads.
Ambulance paramedics transported the injured man to Gold Coast Hospital where he is in a serious condition.
Crash Investigation Unit police are investigating.