Flinders St: ‘Dad, I nearly died today’
A TEENAGER managed to dodge being run over in Flinders St - but was then hit by a man sent flying by the car.
The news had just come across the radio that passengers had been hit on Flinders St and dad Peter Caruso called his son to check to make sure he was OK, knowing he was in the city.
"Dad, I nearly died today," Ethan, 17, told him.
He went on to say how he dodged a mad man mowing down pedestrians at the busy city intersection.
Mr Caruso said the car sideswiped Ethan and then hit another person sending him flying through the air.
"He fell on Ethan and flung him a few metres," Mr Caruso said.
"But thank God he's OK."
With adrenaline running through his body, he had not realised the full extent of his injuries and jumped on a tram to head home.
He went to hospital later on that night and was released after his foot became really swollen, bruised and was in a lot of pain.
Homicide Squad detectives are interviewing him now.
Police say 20 people presented to hospital yesterday, of those 18 were admitted.
Currently four people have been discharged, 14 people remain in hospital, three of which are critical.
Nine of the victims are overseas nationals from South Korea, China, Italy, Indian, Venezuela, Ireland and New Zealand. They include:
- 83-year-old male from Northcote in a critical condition
- 67-year-old male South Korean national in a critical condition
- 61-year-old male South Korean national in a critical condition
- 40-year-old male Venezuelan national from Elwood is serious but stable
- 47-year-old female from Richmond is stable
- 45-year-old male Indian national is stable
- 36-year-old female from Mentone is stable
- 35-year-old female from Mernda is stable
- 30-year old female from Craigieburn is stable
- 25-year-old female Irish national living in Caulfield is stable
- 24-year-old male Chinese national is stable
- 4-year-old male South Korean national living in Hoppers Crossing is stable
- 33-year-old female from Seaford has been discharged
- 17-year-old male Brunswick East has been discharged
- 43-year-old male New Zealand national living in Heathmont has been discharged
- 25-year-old male Italian national has been discharged
- 58-year-old female from Coburg attended hospital but was not admitted
- 25-year old female from Reservoir attended hospital but was not admitted