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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 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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snoopydoc 1:47 am 05 May 12

He was not being actively pursued by Police.

He was assessed and treated at The Canberra Hospital in a professional manner, as are all patients irrespective of the circumstances leading to their presentation to hospital.

@ rhino – I would suggest that the previous poster was correct in his assertion that attempting to ascribe rational motives to the actions of someone like this is very likely a misguided exercise in futility. One might speculate that, for example, a combination of alcohol intoxication, marijuana intoxication, and simply being a complete and utter f**ktard are probably enough to explain the course of events without appealing to a higher order of reasoning on behalf of the offender.

Condolences to the families, friends and colleagues involved in this tragic event.

kakosi 11:42 pm 04 May 12

This is an unnecessary tragedy. And drug affected, or just stupid, that 24 year old should be put away for life just to make sure he can never do it again. This way every family can feel safer because he’s no longer out in society.

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