Tattoo artist Adam Barton, badly injured in a hit-and-run on Milton St, expects to be unable to work for several weeks while he recovers.
Tattoo artist Adam Barton, badly injured in a hit-and-run on Milton St, expects to be unable to work for several weeks while he recovers. Peter Holt

Hit-and-run driver 'gutless'

AS Adam Barton lies in his hospital bed recovering from injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run accident, he has one question.

He can't help but think of the person who left him lying badly hurt by the side of the road and wonder how they could do such a thing.

"It's such a gutless thing to do, just leaving someone lying on the road like that when they're hurt," Mr Barton said.

"It's just so weak and it's un-Australian. Whoever did it needs to step up and take responsibility for what they've done."

Although Mr Barton was seriously injured in the accident, he can recall it quite clearly.

"I remember I was just coming up to a roundabout when the car hit me and I came off my bike.

"I was on the ground and I knew I was hurt pretty bad.

"The first person I looked to for help was whoever hit me but they were already gone.

"They didn't even stop to see if I was all right before they drove off.

"They just left me there. Some other people came and helped me, they called an ambulance."

The 29-year-old father of two was driving his motorcycle on Milton St about 7.45pm on Monday when he was struck by a silver utility and knocked from his bike.

Despite an ongoing police investigation, the driver of the utility involved in the accident is yet to be located.

Mr Barton, who only moved to Mackay from Melbourne with his partner and two children in February last year, is a full-time tattoo artist.

He expects to be unable to work for at least several weeks while he recovers from his injuries, which include a badly broken arm.

"It's going to be pretty hard because I've got a young family to support," he said.

"My kids are two and four years old."

A sample of silver metallic paint, believed to be from the vehicle that struck Mr Barton, was taken from the crash scene for analysis.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have any information relating to the identity of the driver, to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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