UPDATE 3.30PM SATURDAY: A man has been arrested and charged over the horrifying hit and run of a cab driver in Surfers Paradise on Friday.
The 33-year-old man from Broadbeach was arrested on Saturday morning and later charged with one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing grievous bodily harm.
The man is accused of mowing down the 29-year-old cab driver in a black Holden Cruze on Laycock Street at around 4.45pm on Friday.
The shocking incident, which unfolded in front of horrified witnesses, the majority of whom were tourists, was captured on CCTV.
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The footage shows the black Holden Cruze striking the cab driver as he stood next to a parked maxi taxi.
The victim, a local man from Labrador, was thrown into the air and onto his face.
He was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with serious leg injuries.
The 33-year-old man is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court May 26.
FRIDAY: A manhunt is under way on the Gold Coast for a driver who mowed down a cabbie in Surfers Paradise on Friday afternoon.
The shocking hit-and-run occurred on Laycock Street at around 4.45pm and was captured on CCTV.
A black sedan, described by police as a Holden Cruze, was caught on camera ploughing into the cab driver at high speed before driving off.
The cabbie, a 29-year-old Labrador man, can be seen in the footage standing on the roadway beside a parked maxi taxi when he was struck.
The sedan hit the man with so much force, he was thrown over the bonnet and into the air before landing on his head.
The sedan also side swiped the parked taxi.
According to 7NEWS, the cab driver and the driver of the sedan had been engaged in a heated argument moments before the hit-and-run.
Shocked witnesses raced to the injured cab driver’s aid and attempted to stop the black sedan, but it sped off.
The 29-year-old was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital with serious leg injuries.
Police said the man’s injuries are not considered life threatening.
Police, including officers from the Forensic Crash Unit, are investigating the incident and are attempting to track down the driver of the black sedan, which is described as a Holden Cruze with Queensland registration 816-VJS.
Anyone who witnessed the hit-and-run, or anyone who may have information that could assist police in locating the driver of the sedan, has been urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.