A DISPUTE between a young couple ended in tragedy on Friday afternoon when a female driver ran over her companion and left him with extensive leg, shoulder and hand injuries that required surgery.
The incident occurred at around 4.45pm after the 28-year-old woman and her 31-year-old de facto husband got into an argument while driving down Breen Street.
The man, a passenger in the car, reportedly jumped from the vehicle just before the woman’s white Ford Falcon station wagon hit the side of a house in Breen Street.
A short time later the woman struck the man with the front of her car as he made his way on foot up Wentworth Lane.
Paramedics treated the man at the scene for injures he sustained when he hit the windscreen and fell onto the road.
One frightened onlooker, who declined to be named, said the scene was like something out of a movie.
“Police cars blocked off Wentworth Lane, Breen Street and Kenna Street and there were two ambulances parked in the middle of the Kenna Street and Wentworth Lane intersection and a fire brigade truck,” he said.
“Three or four paramedics worked on the man lying on the roadway and police were running around putting crime scene tape around the house that had the corner wall smashed down by the car.”
The witness said the woman’s badly damaged car was parked in Kenna Street while police interviewed her before she was arrested.
“She was screaming and carrying on on the footpath before police took her away,” the witness said.
“I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Several witnesses reported hearing the woman repeatedly scream “I love you” while the injured man was being treated by paramedics.
She was later charged with negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and malicious damage.
Canobolas Local Area Command duty officer Bruce Grassick said further charges may be laid after the case is reviewed.
Inspector Grassick said the woman was granted conditional bail on Saturday morning and will appear in Orange Local Court this week.
Yesterday afternoon the victim was in a stable condition at Orange hospital after being treated for injuries to his left leg, a dislocated shoulder, injures to his left hand and extensive grazing to his face and body.
Inspector Grassick said police had spoken to several witnesses.
“We’d like to thank the public for their assistance, they’ve been very forthcoming,” he said.