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Birthday trip ends in tragedy

A woman who flew across the world to celebrate her 40th birthday died just hours after arriving in Hobart.

Birthday trip ends in tragedy

The scene of a collision between a car and a pedestrian on the corner of Argyle and Collins streets in Hobart's CBD. Picture: AMINA McCAULEYSource:Mercury

A WOMAN who flew across the world to celebrate her 40th birthday has died just hours after arriving in Hobart.

The United Kingdom woman was struck and killed by an unlicensed driver at the intersection of Argyle and Collins streets at 8.15pm on Thursday night.

The 39-year-old was rushed to the Royal Hobart Hospital but could not be saved.

Senior Constable Ann Edge today said the tragic incident was witnessed by a man the woman was travelling with. He was also struck, but received only minor injuries.

Senior Constable Edge said the pair had arrived in the state earlier on Thursday as part of a three-week Australian getaway.

“The lady and the gentleman who were struck by the vehicle were on holidays together from the United Kingdom,” she said.

“They were here for a period of three weeks for her 40th birthday celebrations.

“They were due to fly back to New South Wales on the 21st.”

It is unknown if the pair had any family or friends in the state.

Senior Constable Edge said the 53-year-old male driver of the New South Wales-registered Holden SUV had an expired West Australian licence.

She said initial investigations suggested inattention may have been a contributing factor in the crash as the “pedestrians were crossing the road in a well-lit area, the green walking signal was in their favour and the driver, for whatever reason, has turned the corner and failed to see them”.

“The vehicle in question that struck the pedestrians was making a right-hand turn from Argyle St onto Collins St,” Senior Constable Edge said.

“That was on a green light, but the pedestrians also had the green walking light.

“The driver was interviewed by police on the night.

“At this point, charges have not been laid.”

Collins St was closed between Argyle St and Market Place for four hours while investigations were carried out.

Another woman was hit by a car just two blocks away at the intersection of Davey and Argyle streets just before 8.25am today.

Senior Constable Edge said the woman was a doctor visiting the state from Brisbane for a conference. She said the 35-year-old suffered a possible fractured right arm and facial injuries.

The driver involved in that crash was charged with driving without due care and attention.

“If you’re going too fast, or if you’re not aware of your surroundings, there’s every likelihood a crash will occur,” Senior Constable Edge warned.

Information can be provided by calling Tasmania Police on 131 444 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestopperstas.com.au.

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