Driver flees after hitting students

Police gather evidence after a man collided into a traffic pole before colliding into eight pedestrians. 177821_01. Pictures: BRENDAN REES

By Brendan Rees

A driver is on the run after allegedly hitting eight pedestrians in Pakenham this afternoon, Friday 16 February.
It is believed the ute was travelling east along Princes Highway when he struck a traffic light and pedestrians at a crossing on Cardinia Road just after 3.30pm.
The male driver left on foot before police arrived, leaving the vehicle at the scene.
Seven children and one adult are currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
A woman aged in her 30s has chest, back and shoulder injuries. She was taken to The Alfred hospital in a serious condition.
A primary school aged girl has abdominal and leg injuries and was taken to the Royal Children’s hospital in a stable condition.
Five other primary school aged girls have cuts and grazes.
Three were taken to Dandenong Hospital and two were transported to Monash Medical Centre.
A primary school aged boy was treated at the scene but wasn’t taken to hospital.
The driver is perceived to be of Pacific Islander/Maori appearance, aged in his mid-20s with a solid build with black afro style hair.
He was last seen running west on Princes Highway wearing a dark blue t-shirt and long black pants.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or submit a confidential report online at

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