A teenager was left fighting for his life following a hit and run in Braddon in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The hunt was continuing late on Sunday for the driver and the vehicle, thought to be a white ute, possibly a Mitsubishi Triton.
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Hit and run in Braddon
CCTV footage issued by ACT Policing of a serious hit and run in Braddon. Warning this video may distress some viewers.
The two men, both aged 19, were walking on Henty Street, just behind the Canberra Rex Hotel in Braddon about 5.30am.
They were heading north reportedly after a night partying, when a white ute with a trayback and silver tray sides drove past them.
The pair were out of sight, according to police, but the ute then allegedly doubled back along Henty Street a few minutes later.
Chilling CCTV footage shows the ute approaching the pair from behind, appearing to accelerate but not swerve at the victims, police said. The vehicle was then seen ploughing into the teenagers, before driving from the scene. The victims were rushed to The Canberra Hospital, where one of the men was found to have serious head injuries and transferred to Sydney for specialist treatment, The second man had only minor injuries.
Police believe the ute deliberately hit the two men.
''It appears … that the vehicle drove past the location once, and the pedestrians weren't in view at that time on the CCTV.
''The same vehicle has then [returned] a couple of minutes later, when the pedestrians were [in view of the camera] and then struck the pedestrians,'' Acting Sergeant Graeme Cooper said. ''[The ute] appears to accelerate prior to the collision, which leads to the question about a deliberate act. But it doesn't look like it swerved towards them,'' he said. Police have a good description of the car from the CCTV footage, and have interviewed two witnesses walking on the other side of the road.
Police said they would be talking to the witnesses again on Monday.
Specialist officers with the Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team were assessing the scene about 7.30am using laser measurement tools to help reconstruct the crash.
An alert was sent out to all ACT Policing vehicles, with a detailed description of the car.
Police had been unable to take the car's registration or a description of the driver or any passengers from the CCTV footage. They also said they were trying to discover if there was a link between the victims and the driver prior to the incident.
Anyone with information on the hit and run should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website.