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Death smash outside Canberra Hospital

By johnboy - 4 May 2012 43

A woman has died and another injured after being hit by a vehicle while crossing the road outside The Canberra Hospital this afternoon (Thursday, May 3).

The vehicle, a red Toyota Camry station wagon, had been called in to ACT Policing Operations earlier by an off duty AFP member after the vehicle was seen driving erratically and collided with another vehicle in Hughes.

The vehicle fled the scene and was spotted by a Woden patrol crew on Yamba Drive, running a red light and hitting pedestrians who were crossing the intersection at Bateson Road at around 4.45pm.

One woman has died at the scene. The other woman sustained injuries and is in a stable condition at The Canberra Hospital.

The 24-year-old driver was apprehended by police and taken to The Canberra Hospital where he is assisting police with enquiries.

Yamba Drive is blocked between Kitchener Street and Hindmarsh Drive in Woden, and is expected to be closed for some time. ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team are on scene.

This is the second person to die on ACT roads this year and the second in a week.

Anyone who witnessed the collision and is yet to speak to police is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

UPDATE 04/05/12 10:54: Regarding the second crash this morning we have this from police media:

ACT Policing attended a minor collision between a motorcycle and car at the intersection of Yamba Drive and Bateson Road around 9am this morning. The road was closed for approximately 15 minutes.

UPDATE 04/05/12 13:01: The following has been circulated in the ACT public service:

act ps general notice

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Death smash outside Canberra Hospital
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ScienceRules 8:47 am
04 May 12
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Cummerbund said :

My main concern was that access to the Hospital was so difficult for so long. What other lives were potentially at risk because Yamba Drive was blocked for so many hours?

Uh, no it wasn’t. You were bleating about Police procedures you don’t understand and attempting to ridicule the time it takes to investigate a death on the road. Also, ambulances, like all emergency vehicles, have lights and sirens that they can use in the unlikely event that they actually have a critically sick person in the back who needs immediate care.

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HenryBG 8:59 am
04 May 12
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I have often thought that that is a very, very busy road at peak hour and that employees leaving the hospital to return to their cars should have better access to the carpark than having to cross that road.

It’s high time they redesigned traffic arrangements around Woden to create a one-way ring-road system to enable more traffic to traverse the area more quickly and efficiently. They need to get rid of Southbound traffic from Melrose and Northbound traffic from Yamba. They would need to join Yamba to Hindmarsh several hundred metres further West than the current major intersection using part of Edison Park and the CIT. Then they need to provide pedestrian access across the entire area, including the park, hospital, college, CIT, pool, and shopping centre segregated from the traffic.

Perhaps try less spending on worthless “Human Rights Commissioners” and the country’s most pampered and least safe prison and spend the money on something to benefit the community instead.

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Madam Cholet 9:24 am
04 May 12
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This is being discussed on the radio right now – talking about how it’s possibly too busy a road for so many people to be crossing. Not sure about that – there are many more busier roads with pedestrian crossings and to be honest, I don’t see it being abused – as in people jaywalking – and I drive up there a lot.

It’s tragic that this has happened. I’m betting that this “24 year old” will be regretting his actions for the rest of his life…if only he stopped at the original accident he was involved in someone would still be alive and he would be facing lesser charges – not manslaughter charges. One can only hope that his sentence reflects the crime – unlikely in the ACT. One act of stupidity has effected so many lives in a split second.

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Rollersk8r 9:28 am
04 May 12
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Death smash?? A completely innocent person local person is dead and you want to report it as a death smash?

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Rollersk8r 9:32 am
04 May 12
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HenryBG said :

I have often thought that that is a very, very busy road at peak hour and that employees leaving the hospital to return to their cars should have better access to the carpark than having to cross that road.

It’s high time they redesigned traffic arrangements around Woden to create a one-way ring-road system to enable more traffic to traverse the area more quickly and efficiently. They need to get rid of Southbound traffic from Melrose and Northbound traffic from Yamba. They would need to join Yamba to Hindmarsh several hundred metres further West than the current major intersection using part of Edison Park and the CIT. Then they need to provide pedestrian access across the entire area, including the park, hospital, college, CIT, pool, and shopping centre segregated from the traffic.

Perhaps try less spending on worthless “Human Rights Commissioners” and the country’s most pampered and least safe prison and spend the money on something to benefit the community instead.

Err, have you read the story? Someone fleeing police ran a red light and hit pedestrians – and you want to talk traffic arrangements??

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Mysteryman 9:54 am
04 May 12
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Rollersk8r said :

HenryBG said :

I have often thought that that is a very, very busy road at peak hour and that employees leaving the hospital to return to their cars should have better access to the carpark than having to cross that road.

It’s high time they redesigned traffic arrangements around Woden to create a one-way ring-road system to enable more traffic to traverse the area more quickly and efficiently. They need to get rid of Southbound traffic from Melrose and Northbound traffic from Yamba. They would need to join Yamba to Hindmarsh several hundred metres further West than the current major intersection using part of Edison Park and the CIT. Then they need to provide pedestrian access across the entire area, including the park, hospital, college, CIT, pool, and shopping centre segregated from the traffic.

Perhaps try less spending on worthless “Human Rights Commissioners” and the country’s most pampered and least safe prison and spend the money on something to benefit the community instead.

Err, have you read the story? Someone fleeing police ran a red light and hit pedestrians – and you want to talk traffic arrangements??

+1. What the hell?

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nice_enough 10:13 am
04 May 12
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“Death smash” are you autistic? show some respect.

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rhino 10:17 am
04 May 12
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Rollersk8r said :

Err, have you read the story? Someone fleeing police ran a red light and hit pedestrians – and you want to talk traffic arrangements??

I also heard it reported as a police chase, yet the release from the police above indicates that it wasn’t. Perhaps they just wanted to avoid mentioning that part of it.

“and was spotted by a Woden patrol crew on Yamba Drive, running a red light and hitting pedestrians who were crossing the intersection at Bateson Road at around 4.45pm.

Spotted doesn’t indicate being chased. It makes it sound like they just noticed him there just as they were driving by and saw him crash into people.

I wonder which is true.

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johnboy 10:19 am
04 May 12
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For those wondering the headline is intended to highlight the gravity of the accident and not as disrespect to the fallen and the injured.

Our condolences to the family.

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Lurch 10:29 am
04 May 12
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Condolences to the families of those involved

Should be noted that a motorcycle was taken out on that very same intersection just this morning. *sigh*

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futto 10:34 am
04 May 12
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I remember commenting to the wife years ago that i wished they had put in a pedestrian overpass when they built that staff car park across yamba drive. I hope something like this is considered now.

The family of the victims are in my thoughts and I hope the scumbag driver rots

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knuckles 10:35 am
04 May 12
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This scumbag is on a par with Mully Williams.
Takes off from the police at high speed, ploughs into pedestrians, keeps going, hits another car 100 meters up the road injuring the occupants of that car and then tries to flee the scene on foot.

I hope a bit more happens to him than just regretting his actions.

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carnardly 10:40 am
04 May 12
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Someone’s family is having a crap time of it now. Thoughts are with you.

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m00nee 10:42 am
04 May 12
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rhino said :

Rollersk8r said :

Err, have you read the story? Someone fleeing police ran a red light and hit pedestrians – and you want to talk traffic arrangements??

I also heard it reported as a police chase, yet the release from the police above indicates that it wasn’t. Perhaps they just wanted to avoid mentioning that part of it.

“and was spotted by a Woden patrol crew on Yamba Drive, running a red light and hitting pedestrians who were crossing the intersection at Bateson Road at around 4.45pm.

Spotted doesn’t indicate being chased. It makes it sound like they just noticed him there just as they were driving by and saw him crash into people.

I wonder which is true.

Canberra Times article stated “ACT Policing was unable to confirm last night whether the officers in the Woden paddy wagon had activated their vehicle’s lights or siren before the Camry slammed into the pedestrians. But a spokeswoman said that a formal pursuit had not been initiated.”

The driver was not running from the police as much as running from the accident that occured in Hughes. This would indicate to me that the accident was more than likely going to occur, regardless of the police presence.

The way this is being presented is another instance of the police being damned for doing nothing more that the job that we expect them to do, uphold the law.

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Jim Jones 10:44 am
04 May 12
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rhino said :

Rollersk8r said :

Err, have you read the story? Someone fleeing police ran a red light and hit pedestrians – and you want to talk traffic arrangements??

I also heard it reported as a police chase, yet the release from the police above indicates that it wasn’t. Perhaps they just wanted to avoid mentioning that part of it.

“and was spotted by a Woden patrol crew on Yamba Drive, running a red light and hitting pedestrians who were crossing the intersection at Bateson Road at around 4.45pm.

Spotted doesn’t indicate being chased. It makes it sound like they just noticed him there just as they were driving by and saw him crash into people.

I wonder which is true.

24 year old male in a stolen car that ran red lights, hit another vehicle and did a runner was witnessed by an off duty cop, who called it in. A cop car sees the vehicle and does a u-turn to check it out, but doesn’t get involved in a pursuit because of heavy traffic (Yamba drive, I think).

Then the tragedy occurred. No police pursuit at the time.

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