Hit and run victim 'looked dead'

SARAH HARVEY
Last updated 05:00 07/09/2012
Anneliese Goodinson
JOHN SELKIRK/ Fairfax NZ
VICTIM: Anneliese Goodinson.

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A woman struck and thrown by a car in a hit and run incident on Auckland's North Shore recently "looked dead", her boyfriend says.

Anneliese Goodinson is now recovering from severe concussion and a broken ankle, and wants the driver who struck her,  and then drove off, to hand themselves in.

Goodinson, 30, who works for Canoe Racing New Zealand, was being dropped at her home on Beach Road, Rothesay Bay about 10.30pm on Friday, August 17.

She had got out of her friend's car and was about to cross the road when she was struck by a speeding car.

Chris Kerr, Goodinson's boyfriend, was about to get out of the car when he saw Goodinson get hit.

He said she was thrown onto the car's bumper, before hitting the windscreen, pushing the windscreen wipers upwards. She was spun about at least twice before being thrown about 20 metres down the road.

"I saw the car collect her, she went shooting past the window and up in the air and the car went underneath her. It scooped her up. She was in the air and did two and half or maybe three flips.

"It was all right in front of my face but it happened real quick."

Kerr said he, the driver, and other witnesses rushed to Goodinson's side.

"That was pretty difficult because she looked dead. Her eyes were half open and flickering and I was pretty much just waiting for the pool of blood to expand from around her. She was severely concussed and couldn't remember more than five seconds at a time.

"She kept on asking what had happened and where she was, and by the time I got to the end of telling her she had been hit by a car she would be asking what was going on again."

Kerr said neighbours came out with blankets to cover Goodinson and to try and keep her calm.

"It was a horrific thing to see."

He said the last he saw of the car was it disappearing into a bend a few hundred metres down the road. The group waited about 20 minutes for emergency services to arrive and in that time the driver of the car did not return to the scene.

He and Goodinson's friend, the driver of the car that the victim dropped home, cannot agree on what type of car they saw.

"I thought it was a low to the ground old Ford with a two tone paint job, with the bottom half grey and plasticy looking and the top half either light blue or light green. But the driver thought it was a silver SUV."

He said Goodinson was struggling with her broken ankle because "she has never broken anything before".

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Goodinson said her memory of the incident "is a bit hazy" but believes the vehicle must have extensive damage. She has since returned to work.

Anyone with information is asked to contact North Shore police.

- Auckland Now

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