Ballina woman dies crossing street
A BALLINA woman who was hit by a car early on Saturday night while crossing the road has died in Lismore Base Hospital.
It is believed the 39-year-old woman was returning home from a party just after 6pm when she attempted to cross Pine Avenue in East Ballina, a street which residents say is very dangerous.
She was struck by a Holden Rodeo utility being driven by a 26-year-old woman travelling north-east along the road.
A police spokesperson said the accident happened after the woman stepped off the footpath and on to the street.
She suffered serious head and internal injuries as a result of the impact.
Ambulance paramedics rushed her to Lismore Base Hospital in a serious condition, but she died from her injuries early yesterday morning.
Local resident Steve Smith heard the accident and said he went to see what had happened.
“All I heard was a vehicle hitting something,” he said.
“There was a lot of commotion, swearing and hysteria and when I came out the police and ambulance had already turned up.
“Traffic was being redirected and I noticed a young woman was being consoled.”
Mr Smith also said the utility, which had stopped a few metres down the road, was damaged on its left-hand side.
“This is a very dangerous road,” he said.
“People driving up the hill come flying over the top.
“Anyone trying to make a right-hand turn into Links Avenue does it very quickly because they don’t know what’s coming over the crest of the hill.”
Other neighbours, who did not want to be named, said they had also heard the accident and had gone to see what had happened.
“There was a young girl very upset trying to help the injured woman,” one neighbour said.
“There were also a couple of men with her, who were very angry and making a lot of noise.”
The neighbour said he called the emergency services twice before they turned up, but as soon as the police arrived they brought the situation under control.
“We’ve been waiting for something like this to happen,” another neighbour said.
“Even though the council has done a lot to fix the road, the speed limit is still 60km/h when it probably should be 50km/h.”
Police from the Richmond Local Area Command and the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit are continuing to investigate the incident and are questioning the driver.
A report will be prepared for the Coroner.