How was this man hit by car?

A  MAN is fighting for life in Townsville Hospital after being hit by a car in Mount Louisa early on Saturday.

Police are investigating if the Kelso man, 32, was intoxicated.

Police say the man was lying on the road shortly before he was struck at the intersection of Bayswater Rd and Barnett St about 3.20am.

Paramedics arrived to a bloody scene and rushed the man to hospital, where he had emergency surgery.

A Townsville Hospital spokeswoman confirmed the man was still in a critical condition last night.

Townsville Forensic Crash Unit officer-in-charge Sergeant Robbie Nalder said early investigations ­suggested the man had been lying or sitting on the road before attempting to get to his feet as the car approached and moving into its path.

"We believe that the male may have been intoxicated," Sgt ­Nalder said.

"The driver of the vehicle has taken evasive action and it appears that the male has moved into the car's path, presumably trying to get up off the ground."

Sgt Nalder said the man was struck by the front right-hand corner of the car, suffering significant injuries.

Sgt Nalder said the female driver was struggling to come to terms with the incident but had assisted police with their inquiries.

"She is quite beside herself," Sgt Nalder said.

"I would suggest the family of the man are very distressed at this time as well.

"In any serious traffic crash there's more than just the driver and ­injured person involved … it impacts extended family, friends and emergency services."

Sgt Nalder said investigators would assess whether or not the ­driver was in a position where there was nothing she could have done to avoid the collision and if the actions of the injured man were the sole cause of the crash.

"The investigation is in its infancy and, while we have obtained some ­details off the driver we are yet to get a more definitive version of what has occurred," he said.

"We are keen to hear from any ­witnesses, particularly people who may have known the man's movements before the incident."

Police are appealing for public information as they try to piece together exactly how the man came to be on the road at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Police Link on 131 444.


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