THE FRIEND of a Wagga jogger left injured on the side of the road after a hit and run on Tuesday night has expressed her fury.
Paramedics were called to assist the man after he was struck by a vehicle in Forest Hill shortly after 8pm.
According to witnesses, he was wearing reflective clothing and strolling the side of the road when he was clipped.
Sharon Harvey, a close friend of the runner, described the incident as “negligent” and “heartless”.
She revealed her friend will now have to undergo surgery on his ankle due to the injuries he sustained.
“It's not nice at all knowing he'll now need surgery to fix an injury not of his making,” she said.
“Any normal human being would have stopped the car and helped him out.
“We all get that accidents happen, it’s how you handle them that counts.”
According to Ms Harvey, the victim was struck from behind and did not have a chance to see the offender’s vehicle.
“I guess the only consolation is that he's alive and well enough to just be annoyed by it,” she said.
It comes during an eventful night for Wagga police, with a car being stolen from a Springvale property and torched in Ashmont’s Silvalite reserve.
Wagga duty officer Nigel Turney said a family’s Kia Cerato, cash, mobile phone and handbag were stolen from their Featherwood Drive home as they slept.
Police recovered the burnt out car the next morning.
“To wake up to that, and it’s a fairly large family I believe, to find that your car has been stolen and someone has been in your house – it’s very scary,” Inspector Turney said.
“Fortunately there was no altercation between the offenders and the family.
“We would encourage people not to confront anybody in their homes and put themselves at risk.”
Inspector Turney believes the offenders are most likely from Ashmont. where the car was found.
Anybody with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 666.