Death smash outside Canberra Hospital

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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LSWCHP LSWCHP 9:47 pm 04 May 12

I’m an atheist, but I’m still adding my own little prayers to all those going out to this poor woman and her family. This is a terrible thing.

May they all, somehow, someday, find some peace.

WeetBixKid WeetBixKid 5:53 pm 04 May 12

yellowredme said :

Clinical staff regularly look after patients that the rest of society would like to draw and quarter, part of professionalism and duty of care is to put aside personal judgements to hopefully make no distinction in quality of care given, whether it is deserved or not. Leave karma up to the Gods as nurses already have too much to deal with on a daily basis.

I’m surprised there have not been other accidents, cars travel along there very quickly and a great number of pedestrians cross the road. Traffic design in this part of Woden and within the hospital campus needs a bit of tweaking.

My thoughts and prayers for all.

Good post. Always frustrating seeing bloodlust after a tragedy like this. Understandable from the victim’s family, but from everyone else the revenge fantasies that tend to come out are a little worrying. Respect to you and the professionalism of the hospital staffers.

RIP

rhino rhino 4:45 pm 04 May 12

Why is it so hard for people to comprehend that some of the miscreants in society are not ‘mental’ or ‘drug affected’ they are just bad people who don’t give a flying **** about the rest of us. Their actions will always be the same – take anything, run from authority and smash anything in the way.

Because it doesn’t add up in this case. If he was just doing everything for his own benefit, even with 0 regard for others, you still wouldn’t hit those people deliberately because it will be not in your own best interests in the end. And since it seems fairly impossible to do accidentally, it’s hard to work out what was going on in his head.

yellowredme yellowredme 4:24 pm 04 May 12

Clinical staff regularly look after patients that the rest of society would like to draw and quarter, part of professionalism and duty of care is to put aside personal judgements to hopefully make no distinction in quality of care given, whether it is deserved or not. Leave karma up to the Gods as nurses already have too much to deal with on a daily basis.

I’m surprised there have not been other accidents, cars travel along there very quickly and a great number of pedestrians cross the road. Traffic design in this part of Woden and within the hospital campus needs a bit of tweaking.

My thoughts and prayers for all.

Sgt.Bungers Sgt.Bungers 2:37 pm 04 May 12

Disgraceful. My condolences to the families of the innocent people involved.

Thumper Thumper 2:24 pm 04 May 12

Ben_Dover said :

rhino said :

It sounds to me like this guy must have been on some serious hallucinogenic drugs or else been completely insane having a psychotic episode or something. He crashes into people driving erratically and then ends up in woden ploughing through a large group of people crossing at a red light which u can see from 100m away easily…without even braking. He may have even swerved towards them. None of it sounds like an accidental thing that can happen due to driver error even if you were flooring it. This guy just sounds completely mental.

or he may just be a complete c**t.

+1

Ian Ian 2:23 pm 04 May 12

Postalgeek said :

Hope they take full advantage of his presence and get all the trainees up to speed on how to insert a catheter.

Was thinking exactly the same myself. Catheterise him a couple of hundred times.

Thumper Thumper 2:21 pm 04 May 12


The 24-year-old, who has an extensive criminal history, was on bail for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon, specifically a machete

Surprised?

Not at all.

And now a young woman is dead.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 2:13 pm 04 May 12

Hope they take full advantage of his presence and get all the trainees up to speed on how to insert a catheter.

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 1:52 pm 04 May 12

rhino said :

It sounds to me like this guy must have been on some serious hallucinogenic drugs or else been completely insane having a psychotic episode or something. He crashes into people driving erratically and then ends up in woden ploughing through a large group of people crossing at a red light which u can see from 100m away easily…without even braking. He may have even swerved towards them. None of it sounds like an accidental thing that can happen due to driver error even if you were flooring it. This guy just sounds completely mental.

or he may just be a complete c**t.

Special G Special G 1:39 pm 04 May 12

rhino said :

It sounds to me like this guy must have been on some serious hallucinogenic drugs or else been completely insane having a psychotic episode or something. He crashes into people driving erratically and then ends up in woden ploughing through a large group of people crossing at a red light which u can see from 100m away easily…without even braking. He may have even swerved towards them. None of it sounds like an accidental thing that can happen due to driver error even if you were flooring it. This guy just sounds completely mental.

Why is it so hard for people to comprehend that some of the miscreants in society are not ‘mental’ or ‘drug affected’ they are just bad people who don’t give a flying **** about the rest of us. Their actions will always be the same – take anything, run from authority and smash anything in the way.

johnboy johnboy 1:09 pm 04 May 12

scorpio63 said :

Uni Students: it would be great if a study could be conducted on a person taking ecstacy/ice/cocaine and other drug substances to compare their ‘conscience and or the processing of consequences in relation to the law and abiding the law’ during the first few hours of drugs going through the system; particularly young people with and without alcohol used.

I’m going to suggest than in the absence of any hard data as to what was at cause here you desist trying to grind your own personal axe on this thread.

scorpio63 scorpio63 1:03 pm 04 May 12

Uni Students: it would be great if a study could be conducted on a person taking ecstacy/ice/cocaine and other drug substances to compare their ‘conscience and or the processing of consequences in relation to the law and abiding the law’ during the first few hours of drugs going through the system; particularly young people with and without alcohol used.

carnardly carnardly 1:00 pm 04 May 12

If it is a career crim (ala Mully, Massey etc), I hope he goes away for a V E R Y long time. And I feel VERY sorry for the woman’s families who will be sitting in court looking at this creep.

scorpio63 scorpio63 12:49 pm 04 May 12

I hope that background information on the driver can be given to the public after his trial in order for people (particularly young people) who take amphetamines, ice, ecstacy, cocaine and other drugs as party or entertainment aides and/or regularly.

On many occasions I never seem to read or hear about the driver of these hit and runs as to whether or not drug (taking) was involved. Alcohol yes, drugs not as much.

Being fully aware of consequences and having a conscience in relation to the law and the possibility of killing other people on the roads during police pursuits is processed positively in most young peoples minds.

However, as most of us would know, alcohol, drugs or the involvement in drugs or previous crime, causes many of these types of hit and runs.

If a person is speeding or has committed a minor offence and has nothing major to fear (from police) ie drug or crime involvement, why run from them?

I am against pills and drug useage, however, it is my view, that with the new drug testing introduced, the public are going to see more and more of these hit and run major incidents, particularly in young people who take drugs socially. They affect kids differently and many have lost their consciences temporarily until the effects wear off.

Most would not want their families knowing they take drugs after being caught by the police or having family know of any involvement in drug using or supplying.

rhino rhino 12:33 pm 04 May 12

It sounds to me like this guy must have been on some serious hallucinogenic drugs or else been completely insane having a psychotic episode or something. He crashes into people driving erratically and then ends up in woden ploughing through a large group of people crossing at a red light which u can see from 100m away easily…without even braking. He may have even swerved towards them. None of it sounds like an accidental thing that can happen due to driver error even if you were flooring it. This guy just sounds completely mental.

Hosinator Hosinator 12:33 pm 04 May 12

Let me guess, he’s probably known to Police and has been in and out of detention including the juvenile system since he was a little tacker. I’m sure he’ll get some sympathetic judge, who’ll feel sorry for him that his father wasn’t around and he had a family of half siblings each from a different father on the street they lived on.

I suggest we draw and quarter him, as an example to any other Mully aspirants out there.

Girt_Hindrance Girt_Hindrance 12:15 pm 04 May 12

“She was a tech. Worked in the cathlab.

The driver didn’t even brake.”

Absolutely horrific stuff, my thoughts with the family, friends and colleagues.

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