Driver wanted in Sydney after eight alleged hit-and-runs in three hours

Police are hunting for a driver after receiving reports of eight hit and runs over a three-hour period in Sydney.

The collisions, which took place between 9am and 11.15am on Sunday 19 July, left three people injured.

Two were taken to hospital.

New South Wales police detectives said at 8.20am local time, the driver of a grey Holden Equinox SUV was stopped after speeding at more than 45km per hour (28 mph) on the M1 at Bar Point in Brisbane.

The driver, a 35-year-old man from Queensland, had his licence suspended.

At 9.10am the same car was involved in a collision with a cyclist on the Pacific Highway at Lindfield.

The cyclist, a 48-year-old man, suffered cuts to his hips and elbow.

Five minutes later, just over a mile south of the first incident, the car was involved in a collision with another cyclist, a 55-year-old man.

The man suffered five fractured ribs and a fractured collarbone and is currently in hospital receiving treatment.

Both times the driver left the scene without providing details or assistance, police said.

Shortly after 9.35am, a 2012-model Mercedes C220 was hit from behind by a car that matched the description of the SUV in the Eastern Distributor Tunnel southbound at Woolloomooloo.

The sedan spun after the collision, blocking all three lanes and the SUV did not stop.

The Mercedes driver, a 39-year-old man, suffered bruising in the incident. He was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Minutes later, a Land Rover Sport, driven by a 52-year-old man, was hit by an SUV as the vehicles were travelling east along Alison Road at Kensington.

At 9.38am, a 36-year-old man who witnessed the Kensington crash was noting down the SUV’s number plate when an SUV driver reversed towards him, causing another collision with a Mitsubishi Eclipse, officers said.

The SUV then drove from the scene without exchanging details.

At 10am, a 36-year-old man was cycling west along Perry Street at Matraville when he was hit from behind by an SUV, knocking him off his bike. He suffered cuts to his left elbow and back.

Half an hour later, a 39-year-old woman driving her Subaru Forester along Bridge Road at Glebe when she was struck by an SUV travelling in the same direction.

The last linked incident was reported at Lane Cove at 11:15am when a 59-year-old woman driving her Subaru Outback north along Epping Road.

She told police an Equinox SUV drove beside her and deliberately swerved into her lane and hit her before leaving the scene.

Officers said in each incident, the SUV driver did not stop and the same car is believed to have been involved in each collision.

New South Wales Police has released information about the vehicle and is hoping to speak to the driver in connection with the incidents.

In a statement, the force said: “Police are appealing for public assistance to find the driver of a rented SUV which they believe could have been involved in up to eight crashes in a three-hour period yesterday.

“A description of the wanted vehicle was circulated to officers on Saturday, however, neither the SUV or the driver have been found.

“The vehicle is described as being a 2018-model grey Holden Equinox with Queensland registration, 729ZAB.”

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