10 September 2019

Police search bushland following Pericoe domestic dispute

| Ian Campbell
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50-year-old Shane Russell Smith. Photo: South Coast Police District Facebook.

50-year-old Shane Russell Smith. Photo: South Coast Police District Facebook.

Police have been searching bushland west of Eden following what has been described as a domestic dispute that has left one man is a Sydney hospital with serious chest injuries.

The Police Airwing, local police and SES volunteers have scoured bushland at Pericoe searching for a man believed to have been involved in a serious motor vehicle collision, related to events on Saturday night at the remote rural property.

Police hold concerns for the welfare of the man who has family ties in Victoria.

As reported earlier this week by Region Media, at about 6 pm on Saturday (August 3), emergency services attended a rural property at Pericoe after reports two men – aged 28 and 24 – were struck by a utility.

Police say, “The older man was travelling on a motorbike and the younger on an all-terrain vehicle.”

Police believe the diver of the ute to be, 50-year-old Shane Russell Smith, who was driving a Toyota Landcruiser at the time of the crash.

“It is believed the man entered bushland off Fulligans Road on foot and has not been seen since. Police hold fears for his safety and believe he may have been injured as his vehicle rolled during the incident,” police report.

“Mr Smith is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 180cm tall with a slim build. He is clean shaven and has blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a red and black flannelette shirt and shearers pants.”

Police believe he may be trying to cross the border, inquiries are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The 28-year-old was flown to St George Hospital on Saturday night with serious chest injuries; police report the 24-year-old suffered minor injuries.

Photo: Google Maps

Photo: Google Maps

RFS volunteers called to the incident are still coming to terms with the experience.

“It was a very ugly scene,” says RFS Far South Coast Team Manager Superintendent John Cullen.

“Our crews played a pivotal role in guiding the police and paramedics into this remote site via radio while supporting the injured man and keeping him going.

“They then had to prepare a place for the helicopter to land.

“It’s what we do, you go to these scenes not knowing what you are walking into.”

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.

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