A 24-year-old female and two pedestrians are dead after three separate road crashes across Darwin in a “tragic and busy week” for NT Police.
Major Crash Investigations Senior Sergeant Brendan Lindner addressed reporters today pedaling a message of caution.
“We have a 24-year-old female who has tragically died due to someone using their phone and due to someone having consumed cannabis, so the message is pretty clear, stay off your phone and don’t drive after drinking or taking illegal drugs,” he said.
“Our message is always to drive to the conditions, expect the unexpected and take great care on the road.”
Senior Sgt Lindner alleged the teenage driver who was involved in the collision on McMillans Road at Knuckey Lagoon on Saturday which killed the 24-year-old female had been under the influence of cannabis and was on his phone.
“The circumstances are a 17-year-old male driver was travelling towards Palmerston along McMillans Road…he has veered into the oncoming lane and collided head on into a Mitsubishi Mirage driven by a 24-year-old female,” he said.
“Tragically the 24-year-old female died at the scene.
“The circumstances of that crash appear to be that the male was operating his phone immediately prior to the crash.”
Off-duty police officers stopped at the scene to provide assistance to the female and conduct traffic direction to prevent other incidents occurring, Sen. -Sgt Lindner said.
The male was taken into custody and has since been charged with a number off offences, including “driving a motor vehicle and causing death”.
Sen.-Sgt Lindner said the male was subjected to a roadside drug test which resulted in a positive reading for cannabis and an amount of cannabis was located in the car as well.
Police appeal for witnesses to any of the collisions over the weekend
Senior Sgt Lindner said that while he was limited in what he could reveal about the collisions, as they are before the court or under investigation, “in all of the cases we are appealing to witnesses who can assist us.”
In a statement on Friday, St John Ambulance said a pedestrian who had been hit by a car was taken to hospital in a stable condition. However Sen.-Sgt Lindner said the male did in fact die.
“On Friday at about midday a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle outside of Hudson Street flats on the Stuart Highway near The Narrows,” Sen.-Sgt Lindner said.
“The circumstances of that crash was that a 45-year-old had stumbled out onto the road and a 23-year-old male driving a commodore utility, heading outbound, has struck that male.
“He immediately stopped to render assistance to the pedestrian where upon he was set upon by a number of people from the flats that came out and engaged in pretty disgraceful behavior, indeed criminal behavior, and assaulted him.”
Later that day, just before 9.30pm, a 37-year-old male who appeared to have been running across the road was struck by a vehicle, Sen.-Sgt Lindner said.
“The 48-year-old male driver was travelling in-bound… the male was running from the flats across the road and was struck by the car. The driver immediately stopped and reported the incident to police and tragically that male pedestrian died at the scene,” he said.
“Obviously, we are approaching Christmas. In the silly season more people will be consuming alcohol. So, the message is to take care on the road don’t drive after drinking or doing drugs.”