A memorial for a pedestrian killed in Dawson Street, Lismore.
A memorial for a pedestrian killed in Dawson Street, Lismore. The Northern Star

Victim was sitting on the road: Police

RACHAEL Johnson's life ended suddenly when she was hit by a car in Dawson Street, Lismore, late on Tuesday night.

The 36-year-old woman suffered extensive injuries in the accident, which occurred at 11pm close to the Dawson Motor Inn, where she had been staying with her boyfriend, a Lismore man.

According to police, Ms Johnson had been sitting in the middle of the dark, wet road when she was struck by the car, a Holden Commodore utility.

The Commodore was being driven north in the 60km/h zone street by a 34-year-old Lismore man.
After colliding with the woman, the man immediately stopped his car to check on her.

According to police, Ms Johnson’s boyfriend was nearby and he ran back to the scene.

The driver then went straight to Lismore police station to inform them of the accident.

The first person on the scene was a Lismore security guard, who performed CPR on the injured woman.
Police and a NSW Ambulance crew arrived on the scene soon after.

Ms Johnson was taken by ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital, where further attempts were made to revive her. However, she was pronounced dead soon after arriving at the hospital.

Police were yesterday not able to confirm Ms Johnson’s usual place of residence.

However, it is understood Ms Johnson’s family travelled to Lismore after being told of her death.

Ballina Crash Investigation Unit officers have interviewed Ms Johnson’s boyfriend and the driver.

Officers examined the car to ensure there was nothing defective, such as bald tyres or bad brakes.

No charges have been laid in relation to the accident and investigations are continuing.


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