Crash and dash appeal

By Jade Lawton
THE victim of a baffling car-ramming is calling on witnesses to come forward and identify his attacker.
Pakenham resident Steve Gow was driving home on the Monash Freeway on 21 July when his car was suddenly rammed from behind at 5.15pm.
“I was in between the Soldiers Road overpass and Officer Road turn-off when a white Holden VIT Commodore came from behind and rammed me,” he said.
“I don’t know why – there was about 200 metres clear behind me, and I was in the left-hand lane.
“He just came straight in to the left-hand lane, pushed me and I spun around so I was facing oncoming traffic on the grass median strip.”
Mr Gow said he did not think the smash was road-rage related and said he was doing the speed limit at the time.
“But this guy, I don’t know if he was drunk or on drugs, but he must have been doing 140-150 kilometres per hour, well over the speed limit,” he said.
Although up to 30 cars in the peak-hour traffic would have witnessed the smash, only one van stopped to assist and Mr Gow is the only person to have reported the incident to police.
“He (the driver of the Commodore) nicked off up the Officer Road turnoff,” Mr Gow said. The 53-year-old, who is expecting his first grandchild within weeks, said the smash gave him ‘a bit of a jolt’ and the impact was so strong that he was bruised on his right side by his seatbelt.
“I didn’t realise it at the time but when I took it to the panel shop they said you are very, very lucky boy,” he said.
“I was just wondering if any of those cars saw what happened, or someone must have seen a tow-truck or a badly smashed car next door.”
Anyone with information should contact Constable Alabaster at Pakenham police on 5945 2500.

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