‘Horrifying’ screams in alleged hit-and-run over dogs

A man was critically injured in the alleged hit-and-run, which began with a neighbours' dispute.

A man was critically injured in the alleged hit-and-run, which began with a neighbours' dispute. Photo: Seven Network screen grab

A man will face a Sydney court charged with several offences while another has surgery for serious injuries after an alleged hit-and-run stemming from a neighbourhood dispute over dogs.

NSW Police allege the 27-year-old crashed his SUV into a tree after allegedly deliberately running into a couple on Cygnus Close at Doonside, in Sydney’s west on Monday night.

Detective Superintendent Darren Newman said a fight over the couple’s dogs escalated from a heated verbal stoush earlier in the night. It was not clear if there were ongoing issues or the altercation was a one-off.

The fracas began when a 41-year-old man was walking his dog past the 27-year-old’s house, police said.

The younger man allegedly threatened the older man with an axe before the 41-year-old returned to his home, down the road.

He told his 42-year-old fiancee and 18-year-old daughter about the altercation and the trio returned to the 27-year-old’s house, where the war of words continued.

The younger man then reversed a white Ford Territory, revving it “a number of times very aggressively” before driving into the man and the woman, seriously injuring both, Newman said.

The 41-year-old was taken to Westmead Hospital with serious injuries to his head, chest and legs. He was being operated on on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old woman had bruising and a head injury and was taken to the same hospital.

A woman who says she is the 42-year-old’s daughter has started a GoFundMe campaign for the couple, saying they were “severely injured in a vehicular incident”.

The driver of the SUV was arrested nearby after crashing into a tree as he allegedly fled the scene. He was taken to Blacktown Hospital after complaining of chest pains.

NSW Police said on Tuesday afternoon the man was taken to Blacktown Police Station after being released from hospital. He was charged with five offences – use offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence, cause grievous bodily harm to person with intent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm and dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm – drive manner dangerous.

He was refused bail and will appear in Blacktown Local Court later on Tuesday.

Police have collected CCTV footage from his house as well as from around the neighbourhood.

“The screams that are heard just after the impact occurred are horrifying,” Newman said.

He called for people to be calm and reasonable in any disputes with their neighbours.

“Don’t resort to threats and don’t resort to violence, particularly with a motor vehicle,” he said.

– with AAP

Topics: Crime, NSW
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