Police searching for driver of vehicle that struck and killed man on Midland Highway, Hobart
Police are yet to identify the pedestrian or the driver of the vehicle that struck him. (ABC News: Adam Harding)
Police have confirmed the identity of a man who was struck and killed by a vehicle overnight in the Hobart suburb of Brighton, but are still searching for the driver.
- It is possible the driver did not know their vehicle struck the man, police say
- The pedestrian has been identified as a 30-year-old from Claremont, in Hobart’s north
- There have been five deaths on Tasmanian roads since Christmas Day
Police and emergency services were called to the northbound side of the Midland Highway near the Briggs Road overpass about 3:20am on New Year’s Day.
Police initially did not know the man’s identity, but confirmed this afternoon that he was a 30-year-old from Claremont, in Hobart’s north.
The man was wearing blue and grey Nike sneakers, dark blue track pants and a Collingwood windcheater.
Police would like to speak to anyone who saw a man dressed in dark clothing walking along the Brooker Highway or the Midland Highway early on New Year’s Day.
Driver might not know they hit pedestrian
Earlier, Senior Constable Kelly Cordwell said the man’s injuries indicated that he was likely hit by a large vehicle or truck, but the driver may not be aware they had struck him.
“There’s no street light there, and the moon was only a quarter moon or something last night as well, so certainly a particularly dark area and not an area that any driver would expect to see a pedestrian at that time of the morning or any time of the day at [a] 110-kilometre zone,” she said.
Senior Constable Cordwell urged the driver to come forward even if they only suspected they were involved.
“They may not be fully aware that it’s been a person that they have actually struck,” she said.
Members of the public can call police on 131 444 or make an anonymous report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.
Five road deaths in past week
Shelbi Cate Berechree, 18, died after a crash at Dunalley in Tasmania two days after Christmas. (Facebook: Shelbi Cate Berechree)
The death follows a series of fatalities on the road in Tasmania during the past week.
An 18-year-old man died after a crash on Christmas Day at Turner’s Marsh near Launceston.
Two days later, a young couple were involved in a crash at Dunalley in the state’s south.
An 18-year-old man died at the scene, while Shelbi Cate Berechree, also 18, who was driving, died in hospital three days later.
On December 29, a 68-year-old woman was killed at Lebrina north of Launceston after a Mitsubishi 4WD crossed the road and struck her Mercedes.