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Motorcyclist lucky to be alive after hit and run on Coast

Karl Lemenkuehler is lucky to be alive after a hit and run on Saturday.
Karl Lemenkuehler is lucky to be alive after a hit and run on Saturday. Hannah Baker

UPDATE 2pm:

POLICE investigations continue into the incident which caused Pialba man Karl Lemenkuehler to lose control of his motorbike.

Meanwhile Karl's family have passed on their gratitude to Fraser Coast's well-wishers via the Fraser Coast Chronicle.

Karl suffered seven breaks to his right collar bone, bruises and gravel rash after his motorbike collided with a car on Saturday afternoon. 

The motorist drove off and Karl was left laying in a ditch.

A woman in her mid-40s had approached police about the incident on Sunday.

EARLIER: 

KARL Lemenkuehler wants the motorist who drove off into the distance, to know what happened in the moments after his motorbike collided with their car.

The Pialba man had been travelling towards Maryborough on Saturday at about 4.45am along the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd when he attempted to overtake the car.

It was along the two-way single lane road when the handlebars of his motorbike and the side of the car made contact which forced him off the road and down a steep embankment.

He suffered seven breaks to his right collar bone, bruises to his back and left thigh, and gravel rash along the outside of his left leg.

Hervey Bay Sergeant Maree Wooley confirmed the incident was being investigated as a hit and run and a woman in her mid-40s had approached police about the incident on Sunday.

"She (the driver) realised she hit somebody and presented herself (to the station) in the early hours of Sunday morning," Sgt Wooley said.

Karl, 29, said he had many questions after the incident.

"I just want to know why didn't she stop?" he said.

While he did end up down the steep embankment after a 100m skid, he is glad he is not a road crash fatality.

When Karl did come to a stop, he stood up, wrenched off his helmet and screamed.

While his initial cries of "someone help me" echoed throughout the twilight without anyone to hear or see, he recollects a four wheel drive with two men showing up.

"At that point I just collapsed back down," Karl said.

Karl arrived at the Hervey Bay Hospital via an ambulance about 45 minutes later and is thankful to the people who stopped to help him.

He recounted the efforts of a woman who instructed a team of six men to take his jacket off and lift him out of the embankment before the arrival of emergency teams.

"I am very lucky," Karl said.

Karl's father, Ralph Lemenkuehler, who that morning retrieved Karl's ruined bike from the scene, said it was hard to replace a person.

Topics:  fraser coast hit and run motorist police



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