A man is fighting for his life in hospital this afternoon after being hit by a car at Fern Bay, near Port Stephens overnight.
Police said the man was walking along Nelson Bay Road when he was struck by a Toyota sedan at around 7pm.
The driver of the car stopped and rendered assistance until paramedics arrived.
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The man was rushed to John Hunter Hospital where he remains this afternoon in a critical condition.
The driver of the car was subjected to mandatory blood and urine testing.
A crime scene was established and investigations are continuing.