Charges laid after Melbourne COVID testing site worker hit by allegedly stolen station wagon

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A man has been charged after allegedly hitting a Melbourne COVID-19 testing site worker with a stolen car and fleeing.

The man aged in his 50s suffered non-life threatening injuries when he was struck by a white Holden station wagon while helping people queue at the Collingwood CoHealth testing site on Tuesday morning.

A nearby nurse provided first aid to the Tarneit man until an ambulance arrived.

A short time later, police found the station wagon and arrested the alleged driver in Carlton.

The 32-year-old, of no fixed address, was charged by police on Wednesday with theft of motor vehicle as well as a range of driving and drug-related offences.

Emergency services were called to the scene after reports the Holden station wagon had allegedly hit the worker.
Emergency services were called to the scene after reports the Holden station wagon had allegedly hit the worker. Credit: 7NEWS
A pedestrian was struck by a car outside a COVID testing centre in Collingwood.
A pedestrian was struck by a car outside a COVID testing centre in Collingwood. Credit: 7NEWS

He has been remanded to face court in mid-December.

CoHealth chief executive Nicole Bartholomeusz said the incident had sent “shockwaves” through the community and the clinic would be closed until Thursday.

The health department confirmed another COVID-19 testing site worker, in Pakenham, was subjected to “aggression” on Tuesday.

They were uninjured but the incident will be reported to police.

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