Fairfield West crash: Pedestrian hit by car and catapulted into air while crossing busy Sydney road
A man crossing a busy main road in Sydney’s west has been hit by a car and catapulted into the air, with CCTV footage capturing the incident.
Paramedics were called to the intersection of Smithfield Rd and Polding St in Fairfield West at 7.20pm on Thursday following reports of a collision between a car and a pedestrian, police said.
The video shows the man waiting at the side of the road, not at a designated crossing, before getting out when traffic appears to slow to a stop.
The 41-year-old man crosses the lanes closest to him, but when he steps out from behind a stopped car into the far lanes, a vehicle rushes towards him.
He then tries to run across the lane while the car brakes, but is hit by the car and sends him flying. He then landed on the asphalt in front of another car.
The pedestrian, 41, was rushed to hospital in a serious but stable condition (photo)
Detectives were seen gathering evidence near two riders thrown onto the road.
‘OOfficers from the Fairfield City Police Command arrived to find the man with serious head injuries. was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics,” police said.
The man was taken to Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition but is now in a serious but stable condition.
“The driver, a 62-year-old man, was not injured and was transported to Fairfield Hospital for mandatory testing.”
At least three ambulances and three patrol cars were dispatched to the scene and police established a crime scene.
Man crossed main road without passing through designated crossing (pictured)
He did not see oncoming traffic and was behind a car that had stopped
The side mirror caught the man and sent him taking a summer flip through the air.
Police are investigating the crash and the driver was taken to hospital for mandatory tests.
Passers-by and drivers gathered at the side of the road as detectives scoured the area for evidence alongside the man’s pair of running shoes which had been thrown onto the blacktop.
“An investigation has been opened into the circumstances of the accident,” police said.
Investigations are ongoing.