Teenage Girl Dies After Horror Truck Hit Run In Melbourne
A school girl has died in hospital after being hit by a truck while crossing a "dangerous" intersection in Melbourne's east. A man has come forward to police and is assisting with inquiries.
What you need to know
- 14-year-old girl struck while crossing "notoriously dangerous" intersection in Ringwood, Melbourne's east
- Driver of brown Light truck allegedly failed to stop, but a man contacted police shortly after the incident
- Victim has died after suffering critical injuries
A 14-year-old pedestrian has died in hospital after a horror hit run at a "notoriously dangerous" intersection in Melbourne’s east.
It's believed the school girl was walking along Dampier Grove Road before attempting to cross the major intersection at Whitehorse Road in Ringwood, just after 7am, when she was struck by a truck.
The driver did not stop, but a 39-year-old NSW man contacted police shortly after the collision and is assisting with inquires.
Police say the truck was travelling south on Dampier Grove Road and turning left onto Maroondah Highway, when the girl was hit.
She was taken to Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital in a critical condition, but later died of her injuries.
Officers descended on the scene on Wednesday morning, spoke to witnesses and gathered security vision from nearby businesses as they continue to piece together what happened.
Traffic in the area was delayed as Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives scoured the scene and gathered evidence.
Residents say the intersection is notoriously dangerous, with collisions happening "weekly," and drivers consistently failing to give way to pedestrians.
Alhad Harne, who's lived in the area for seven years, says he is constantly worried about his daughter who uses the pedestrian crossing frequently.
"It is a very dangerous pedestrian crossing," he said.
"The cars here never ever stop for pedestrians. They don't care whether you are an elderly person, whether it's children -- they don't stop."
He said students often cross the road on their way to nearby Heatherdale station en route to school.
"I feel very, very bad for this girl. It should never ever happen to anyone," he said.
Resident Mark Williams said the collision was tragic, but sadly not unexpected.
"Unfortunately there's a lot of incidents around here, so I'm not entirely surprised," he said.
"A lot of pedestrian related near-hits, and a lot of actual car crashes. We've been pretty nervous about this intersection for quite some time.
"Twice a week you'll hear the sound of cars clipping each other, or sirens. It's consistent, and something needs to be done about the intersection to make sure it's safe for everyone."
Police urge anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.