A 15-year-old Tasmanian boy has been arrested and charged with manslaughter after a crash that left a 24-year-old pregnant woman dead in central Hobart, Tasmania.
The teen charged with manslaughter allegedly stole the SUV car that caused the crash and as a result of over speeding and running a red light slammed into the woman’s oncoming car thereby causing her death.
The woman was on her way from dropping off her husband at his place of work. She dropped him at a bakery where he worked and was on her way back home when the said crash occurred at the intersection of Davey and Argyle Streets at 1 am.
The 24-year-old woman died in the crash but her unborn child miraculously did not die and was safely delivered alive and healthy at the Royal Hobart Hospital before the mother’s body was taken to the morgue. The pregnancy was 32 weeks old (8 moths) as at the time of the crash. Another two-year-old child who was also in the crashed car survived and was treated for minor injuries at the hospital.
Meanwhile, Police located a teenage boy, who they believe to be the driver of the stolen car that caused the crash nearby and arrested him. The Tasmanian teenager was later charged with manslaughter for allegedly being behind the wheel of the other car the caused the crash.
“The youth, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of motor vehicle stealing,” Tasmanian police said in a statement.
The teen charged with manslaughter will face Hobart Youth Justice Court later today.
Police allege the stolen Toyota SUV car also contained other teenagers – two boys aged 12 and 15 and a girl aged 15.
Police have also laid charges against the three other passengers of the car, who along with the alleged driver suffered minor injuries and went to the hospital.
There were no obvious signs of braking or skid marks at the scene of the crash which confirmed that the teen charged with manslaughter actually ran a red light.
The badly damaged vehicles involved in the crash were seen near the Hobart Town Hall, while the police continue their investigations.
Police commander Glenn Frame described the crash as a tragedy for everyone involved but an avoidable one. “Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the family and the friends of the deceased,” he said.