Police renew appeal to find driver 12 months after hit-run crash

POLICE investigating a shocking hit-and-run crash that left a man with life changing injuries at Bahrs Scrub, north of the Gold Coast last year have renewed their appeal for public assistance.

Johnnie Walker, 63, was struck by a vehicle on Wuraga Road near Prangley Road on December 17, 2017.

Mr Walker required several blood transfusions and spent three months in hospital recovering from his injuries, including multiple rib fractures, broken bones and severe bruising.


Police said Mr Walker continues to suffer from his injuries and has not regained the full use of his damaged left shoulder and arm.

Despite a significant and protracted investigation, including a saturated media campaign, the driver of vehicle involved in the crash has not been found.

Springwood Forensic Crash Unit, officer in charge, Acting Sergeant Cathy Brown said that despite the crash occurring last December, the investigation is still on-going.

“Twelve months on, we are still determined to find the person responsible and finally bring closure for Jonnie who has endured months of recovery from injuries sustained,” Acting Sergeant Brown said.

“Someone out there knows something, and we are appealing to them to come forward, no matter how small they may think the information is.”

Members of the public who may have witnessed the incident are being asked to come forward.

Police want to speak with anyone who may have seen a white Ford Ranger or Mazda cab-chassis ‘space-cab’ (or similar) utility with damage to the passenger side mirror; or has relevant dash-cam footage.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.