Woman in critical condition after hit-run in Armadale

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  • A woman is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after she was hit by a car while trying to board a tram.
  • The 26-year-old woman was dragged between about 15 and 20 metres.
  • The alleged driver panicked after the collision and left the scene, but returned shortly after.
  • Police said street lights were on at the time but that it was still relatively dark out.

A woman is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after she was “collected” by a car while trying to board a tram in Melbourne’s south-east and dragged up to 20 metres.

Victoria Police said the 26-year-old was trying to board a city-bound tram that was stopped with its doors open on Wattletree Road, Armadale, about 6.30am on Tuesday.

Wattletree Road, Armadale.Credit:Nine News

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Jarrod Dwyer from the major collision investigation unit said street lights were on but that it was still relatively dark when a white Tesla Model 3 – its driver allegedly a 23-year-old Mount Waverley woman – hit the woman.

The car was travelling west towards Kooyong Road.

He said the 26-year-old, from Armadale, was dragged between about 15 and 20 metres.

“As the pedestrian has approached the tram, a white Model 3 Tesla has driven through past the tram and collected the pedestrian and then fled the scene initially,” Senior Sergeant Dwyer said.

“The driver of that car has immediately panicked after the collision and left the scene, but returned shortly after in the company of a friend.”

The driver immediately expressed remorse when she returned to the scene and was “quite hysterical”, Senior Sergeant Dwyer said. Police arrested her after she turned herself in.

The 26-year-old woman sustained life-threatening injuries in the incident. An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said paramedics treated the woman, who had upper and lower body injuries, and she was transported to The Alfred hospital in a critical condition.

Senior Sergeant Dwyer said the woman was unconscious and unable to be interviewed by police.

The incident happened at Armadale about 6.30am on Tuesday. Credit:Mathew Dunckley

He said failing to stop and help at the scene “results in an immediate charge for fail to stop [and] fail to render assistance”. Six bystanders ran to try to help the woman.

“We appreciate people will panic in a situation where they’re involved in one of these collisions, but it’s always best to stop,” Senior Sergeant Dwyer said.

“People need to consider the impact on the victim, and they need to take that human element into it to just have that good decency to come back and assist people.

“There’s no comparison between a vehicle and a person.”

Senior Sergeant Dwyer said there was no indication the alleged driver had been involved in any other incidents. Police were confident that with CCTV footage, witness accounts and information obtained from the car, they would be able to reconstruct the incident.

He said he believed the driver wasn’t speeding.

Police were getting blood work done to determine whether the driver was influenced by any substances, but Senior Sergeant Dwyer said: “There’s no indication of that at this stage.”

The 23-year-old was assisting police with their inquiries and “completely” co-operating with police.

Police urged anyone who witnessed the incident or may have dash-cam footage of it to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via their website.

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