A 19-YEAR-OLD P-plater has been charged with high-range drink driving after allegedly running over a family of four who had been sleeping in a tent at a NSW south coast caravan park.
The Wilson family from Dalgety - 45-year-old father Bruce who is a physiotherapist in Jindabyne, 43-year-old mother Gill and their two children, Emily 7, and Oscar, 4, were seriously hurt after the accident. It happened at the caravan park on O'Keefe Place, Kiama, about 10.50pm on Saturday.
The driver had left a party at the caravan park, taken his red Ford Falcon sedan from the car park at the northern end, and travelled 15 metres south before he allegedly drove straight into a metal fence, clipped the family's stationary blue Hyundai Santa Fe wagon and ran over their tent, Leading Senior Constable Jimmy Hayward said.
The four family members were dragged several metres by the Falcon and remained trapped under the car and tangled up with the tent when it stopped, Leading Senior Constable Hayward said.
Other campers lifted the back of the car and freed the family, who were treated by paramedics and taken to various hospitals.
Leading Senior Constable Hayward said the campers also restrained the driver until police arrived.