Driver released by police after serious collision in Flinders Street

Police have released an update after a woman was forced to fight for her life in a serious collision on Flinders Street.

A driver has been released by police pending further investigation after being involved in a serious collision in Melbourne’s CBD that left a woman fighting for her life.

On Thursday morning, a woman was reportedly hit by a reversing dark-skinned Mazda as she was crossing Flinders Street at the intersection of Highlander Lane.

Police believe the driver reportedly backed up about 25-30 meters down the busy street when he hit the pedestrian, who was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The man was arrested by police and detained where he assisted officers in their investigation.

Detective Sergeant Peter Romanis said they didn’t know why the man would back up.

“The reason why he backed up is currently unknown,” Sergeant Romanis claimed.

“We hope he can shed some light on that.”

A police spokesman said the driver, a 33-year-old man from Ormond, was released on Thursday afternoon pending further investigation.

The woman, a 44-year-old from Richmond, is in critical condition in hospital.

Mr Romanis said the crash should serve as a reminder for drivers to watch out, with an increase in pedestrian traffic on Victoria’s roads.

“The trend is going up and we don’t want that trend to continue,” he said.

“We urge all road users to be vigilant, and especially motorists to pay attention to vulnerable road users as they navigate the city.”

The detectives are investigating to determine the exact circumstances of the incident.

All witnesses and people with dashcam/CCTV footage or information are urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000

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