A TEENAGE girl has died after she was involved in a hit and run in Melbourne’s east this morning.
The 14-year-old girl, believed to be carrying a backpack, was crossing Whitehorse Rd in Ringwood at 7am when a turning truck slammed into her.
It’s understood the truck was turning left onto the Maroondah Highway at the time of the incident.
She was rushed to the Royal Children’s Hospital in a critical condition with suspected injuries to her head, face and chest but has since died, Victoria Police confirmed.
The truck didn’t stop after hitting the teenage girl but a 39-year-old man contacted police shortly after the incident.
The NSW man is helping detectives with their inquiries and charges are yet to be laid.
The teenager’s death takes the total number of lives lost on Victorian roads in 2018 to 82.
Earlier today, Victoria Police appealed for the man to come forward as they desperately searched for the truck they believed was involved in the hit-and-run.
The Herald Sun has video of police forensic teams examining a black Makita Power Tools truck outside Holmesglen TAFE this afternoon.
Detectives closed down the Maroondah Highway while they searched for the vehicle.
Since the girl’s death, a number of locals have spoken about how dangerous the Melbourne intersection is.
“It’s notorious for crashes: T-bones, cars crashing, rollovers, car on bike,” she said.
“No-one knows who to give way to and pedestrians cross over Maroondah Highway while turning lanes at Heatherdale Road and Dampier Grove both go at the same time so no-one knows who to give way to,” she added.
The intersection is surrounded by small businesses and it is understood CCTV from a number of shopfronts is being examined by Victoria Police.
The busy intersection has four pedestrian crossings, service roads, entrances to local shops and residential streets, as well as being a main thoroughfare for drivers turning onto EastLink.
The pedestrian crossing is also a popular route for school kids and workers heading to nearby Heatherdale Railway Station.
“What’s changed recently and what has made the intersection worse for pedestrians is they have changed Heatherdale train station, which used to be on the west side of Heatherdale road, and is now on east side,” she said.
“Now people are crossing on the opposite side of the road that they used to. There is a lot less visibility and a lot of traffic goes over that area. It’s a lot more dangerous than it was. The changed station changed the dynamics of the crossing,” Ms Langley added.
She said the intersection should be updated with arrow traffic lights as drivers often don’t see the green light indicating to pedestrians they can cross the road.
“Rules just don’t apply,” Mr Williams said.
“At least twice a week there’s an accident and there’s even more near misses.”
Concerned locals also told the ABC they had reported the intersection to VicRoads.
“We’re a little bit surprised that nothing’s been done about it,” nearby resident Louis Datoy told the ABC.
“This happens every week, this is not a surprise. There’s always … a close call.
“My son and I ride our bikes, we’ve had a few close calls in the pedestrian lane here.
“For some reason people don’t see the green man light, and it’s a very dangerous street.”
Source: The News