A Melbourne taxi driver has been seriously injured in a hit and run early this morning.

Police believe the car driver may have deliberately targeted his victim.

Vanessa Wolfe reports.


Around 3.30am the man was walking along a footpath when he was struck by a vehicle, believed to be a white Commodore.

He suffered serious head injuries.

Sergent Michael Hughes, Victoria Police: “We believe he’s been carried about forty, fifty metres along the footpath before he’s been thrown onto the roadway, and the driver of the vehicle has driven off.”

James Roberts, a teacher, pulled the victim from the roadway, just as the vehicle did a u-turn and returned to the scene.

James Roberts, Witness: “Car came past a couple of times pretty fast and we kind of just scrambled out of the way.”

Police are still searching for the vehicle involved.

And in Sydney, A year seven girl was robbed at gunpoint last night, while walking home.

A man produced a firearm, held it at her head and demanded she hand over her possessions.

Taylah Gresham, Victim: “I just burst into tears and then I was scared that like he would turn back around and start following me.”

The 12 year old ran home and called police immediately.

The man has not yet been found.

Vanessa Wolfe, QUT News.