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KELLY DENNETT
Last updated 05:00 14/01/2014
McEntee Rd

ACCIDENT SCENE: Shannon Bingley was found on the left hand side of McEntee Rd just before the speed limit sign.

Shannon Bingley
IMMOBILE: Shannon Bingley, 39, is the victim of a hit and run accident on McEntee Rd, Waitakere in the early hours of December 15.

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If you're the driver who hit Shannon Bingley he wants to let you know he's not angry.

He's disappointed though.

After finishing a few beers at a friend's house about 12.30am on December 15 Mr Bingley decided to make the three kilometre walk home from McEntee Rd rather than drive.

It was a full moon and Mr Bingley says it wasn't particularly dark.

He'd nearly made it to the footpath in the 50km zone when he heard a car approaching.

"I turned around and all I saw was headlights," he says.

"Then I got thrown on to the bonnet, then the windscreen, and then on to the road."

With a broken leg and blood pouring from an open head wound Mr Bingley says he couldn't move.

"The car reversed up to me where my head was and I could see a silhouette but I couldn't see if it was male or female," he says.

"I yelled ‘help me' three or four times but it was only a matter of seconds before they drove off again."

Fortunately a woman living nearby heard Mr Bingley's cries and called police.

He was taken to North Shore Hospital where he remained for a week to undergo surgery.

He'll be away from his work as a machine operator at Te Henga quarry until at least March.

While he's feeling lucky the outcome wasn't worse, he's disappointed the driver didn't stop.

"All I would have asked them to do was ring the ambulance," he says.

"I know the roads and I know it's not a good road to walk on so I did take the risk but I am disappointed.

"I could have been killed."

He and partner Lichelle Tanner have lived in Waitakere for 12 years and say quiet McEntee Rd is typically only used by residents.

Mr Bingley was unable to identify the car but believes it may have been a station wagon.

Combined Investigation Unit constable Paul Larsen believes there was more than one person in the car based on information from a neighbour.

He says there was no indication Mr Bingley was hit on purpose and therefore it was unlikely the driver would have faced any major consequences for the collision.

"There's no footpath and a reasonable explanation is that it's dark and the driver wouldn't have expected to come across anybody."

Pending an investigation the driver may now face charges of leaving the scene of an accident.

"You're leaving some poor guy on the side of the road not knowing the extent of his injuries," Mr Larsen said/

"At the end of the day Mr Bingley was trying to do the right thing.

"He's a family man whose got kids and a partner, and it could have been a lot worse."

He's warning others not to put themselves at risk by walking on dark rural roads.

With little information to go on Mr Larsen says police investigations have reached a dead end and he is appealing to the public for information. Mr Bingley is encouraging the persons responsible to come forward.

"It was just an accident but with them leaving the scene it becomes a little more sinister," he says.

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