Evandale woman dies after being struck by car at Longford

The scene of the crash. Picture: Paul Scambler

The scene of the crash. Picture: Paul Scambler

A woman in her 20s died after being struck by a car at Longford in what police have described as a “traumatic” tragedy.

Emergency services were called to Woolmers Lane about 9pm on Monday after reports a pedestrian had been hit.

The young woman, believed to have been from Evandale, was walking on the road about two-kilometres out of Longford when a Kia sedan crashed into her.

The driver called triple-zero, but the pedestrian died at the scene.

Tasmania Police Inspector Scott Flude said the victim was wearing dark clothing and walking on a rural street where there was no lighting and no markings on the road.

“We don’t know at this stage why the young female was out on that road,” he said.

“It’s a very dark road with hedges either side and no street lighting.”

Inspector Flude said it had been a “traumatising” experience for the driver who was “very distraught”.

“There doesn’t appear to be any fault on the part of the driver at this stage, however the investigation is still continuing,” he said.

“We just need to determine why this lady was where she was … that’s the main concern at the moment, just understanding why …”

The woman’s family was contacted on the night of the crash.

Tasmania Police accident investigators remained at the scene on Tuesday morning, with speed ruled out as a factor in the incident.

While police were not aware of any other witnesses to the crash, anyone who was driving on Woolmers Lane on Monday night or who may have seen a woman walking in the area should contact Tasmania Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

A report is being prepared for the Coroner.

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