Carload of kids in hit-and-run with young father of five
PETE Varty was riding home from work after nightshift as a security guard, but ended up in a hospital bed, rather than his own bed.
A car full of young teenagers, with P-plates displayed, knocked him off his new KTM 500 road trail bike about 1am Saturday as he was headed home to his wife and five kids at Black Mountain, near Cooroy.
The 40-year-old life-long rider had been following the car at a safe distance on his way home, wary of a carload of youths.
As they pulled into Cooroy State School on Elm St, Mr Varty went to ride past them.
He says the car then turned sharply, as the driver went to do a U-turn, and clipped the back of his bike as he passed.
"They mustn't have seen me and clipped the back of the bike as I went to go around them," Mr Varty said.
His memory blurs a little after that, as he was sent skidding along the road for about 10-15m, having been going just under 60kmh when he was struck.
Luckily he was wearing full protective clothing but he's still been busted up, with bad bruising on his leg and grazes on his elbow, back and hip.
In pain and trying to crawl off the roadway, Mr Varty said he saw the car - which he believed was a green-coloured Subaru station wagon - come to a stop and young people hop out.
He said the young passengers then got back in the car, parked back in the school and a young man got out, before getting back in the car and driving off.
A minute or two later two "young fellas" walked down the road towards him as he was calling the police, lifted the bike off him and told him they'd taken the number plate of the car.
His suspicions were aroused, given it was dark and they'd come from a different direction.
"It was just a weird thing," he said.
"I was more in pain and trying to wriggle myself off the road.
"I thought they were going to come over and see (if he was okay when the car first pulled over)."
While he'd still be another couple of days off work thanks to his injuries, Mr Varty said the pain of having his new bike, only months old, banged up hurt just as much, if not more.
"It might need some new handlebars," he said.
Mr Varty said he was disappointed the "silly kids" hadn't stopped to check on him immediately when they hit him and guessed they may have "freaked out" after the incident.
"I don't ride dangerously on the road whatsoever," he said.
"I follow the road rules as I should do."
He expected a dent to be in the front passenger side of the car and asked anyone with information about the incident to contact police.
Charges were yet to be laid over the incident.