A teenage girl has suffered astonishingly little injury after she was hit by a car in sickening scenes captured on video at Warilla.
Footage obtained by the Mercury shows a black car travelling west along Lake Entrance Road about 12.30 on Wednesday morning.
The driver leans on the horn but doesn’t slow down before his car slams into the girl, sending her spinning mid-air, to land head-first on the road.
A witness to the collision has told the Mercury that the girl, 15, was heavily affected by alcohol and was ‘‘mucking around’’ with friends on the road in the moments before she was hit. The group had earlier been drinking at a nearby house party.
‘‘They were all using the lanes of the road like tracks to run down so I was filming them,’’ the witness said.
‘‘Everyone was drunk, we were just mucking around, taking photos 'cause the police were driving by.
‘‘All the girls and boys ran over the road. They seen a car coming and decided - I don’t know what. She was safe and then ... she would have been safe but the car flew into her.’’
According to the witness, the girl was unconscious for about five minutes after the crash, while friends called her name and urged her to ‘‘wake up’’.
The sound of the impact caused residents including the girl’s grandmother to come outside and investigate.
‘‘Everyone was just in shock because of what just happened, because no one had ever seen that before.’’
The witness claims the driver stopped a short distance from where the girl lay and asked a neighbour ‘‘did I hit someone?’’ but soon drove off.
Police attended but were told the girl had merely fallen over.
The Mercury understands witnesses to the crash have not come forward for fear of getting into trouble for underage drinking or related antics on the road that night.
According to Lake Illawarra Police, their investigation was stalled because they had not seen the video or spoken to its owner. It is unclear whether the attending officer spoke to the driver involved.
The witness told the Mercury the injured girl had suffered grazing and a possible fracture.
‘‘She had a pretty bad limp on her,’’ she said.
‘‘I showed her [the video]. She almost started crying.’’
A spokeswoman for Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District confirmed a 15-year-old girl was treated at Shellharbour Hospital, but was no longer a patient.