A Hong Kong tourist is in a critical condition in the Royal Hobart Hospital in Tasmania after being hit by a car.
The 31-year-old man had been taking photographs of the River Derwent on the riverside in Boyer Road, about three kilometers west of Bridgewater, about 4 p.m. on Saturday, Tasmania’s Mercury News reports.
Sgt. Matt Sutton said the man ran back toward his car, parked on the other side of the road, and was struck by a west-bound Toyota Land Cruiser four-wheel drive.
Sutton said the Land Cruiser, driven by a 29-year-old Old Beach man, appeared to have been traveling at the 80-km. speed limit at the time of the collision.
He said the driver tried to avoid the victim.
“The driver observed the pedestrian and attempted to take evasive action but, unfortunately, the tourist was struck by the front passenger side of the vehicle,’’ Sutton said.
“The vehicle came to an immediate stop. The driver and his 18-month-old son who was also in the vehicle were not injured.”
He said the incident was on a straight section of road and there were no obvious safety issues with the location.
The victim, who is understood to have been treated last night and this morning for critical internal injuries, is accompanied in Tasmania by his wife.
Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash should phone 131 444.
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