Driver quizzed over hit-and-run

POLICE are waiting to speak to the elderly victim of a hit-and-run, who remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

Ralph Tanner, 83, was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital after he was struck by a car at Maryborough one week ago.

Senior Constable Kim Ireland, of the Wide Bay Forensic Crash Unit, said Mr Tanner had undergone surgery last week for injuries to his pelvis, ribs and elbows.

He was thought to have been lying on the road at Cheapside St for up to two hours before he was found at 1.30am on Wednesday.

"We'd obviously like to speak to him to get a version of events," Snr Const Ireland said.

"But he is not in a position to do so at the moment."

She said the fact he was still fighting was "a good sign".

Police are making attempts to track down Mr Tanner's family members.

Mr Tanner is a Cheapside St resident whose neighbours said he often walked around late at night.

There were no vehicles at the scene when Mr Tanner was found with multiple broken bones and internal injuries.

A Holden sedan was later seized by police and is being held for forensic testing.

Specialist mechanics from Brisbane will travel to Maryborough to inspect the car.

Snr Const Ireland said the driver, a 29-year-old local man, had been co-operative.

Three other men, who were thought to be passengers in the vehicle, had also been spoken to.

Snr Const Ireland confirmed that alcohol was involved.

Anyone who witnessed the event or who has further information should contact police or Crime Stoppers.



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