Man fights for life after falling off back of moving ute

A MAN is fighting for his life in hospital after falling off the back of a moving ute being driven by an alleged drunk driver in the NSW Hunter Valley.

It happened in the small town of Bellbird, near Cessnock, just after 1.30am on Sunday.

Police said a 23-year-old man was travelling on the back of a Toyota Hilux as it was being driven through town.


The man was then thrown from the tray onto the road as the driver turned into Atkinson Street from Bell Street.

The man was critically injured after smashing his head on the bitumen.

He was rushed to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital where he remained this morning in a critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

The 25-year-old man behind the wheel of the Hilux was arrested after failing a roadside breath test.

He was taken to Cessnock Police Station where he allegedly returned an official breath analysis reading of 0.098.

The man has since been charged with long list of offences, including dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving and mid-range PCA.

The 25-year-old was also charged with driving with a passenger on part of the vehicle and his licence was suspended.

He was released on conditional bail and will appear in Cessnock Local Court on June 20.

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