Man arrested after fatal hit run crash

Published: 13 October 2017


A 20-year-old man has been charged after an alleged hit and run in Melbourne that left a 53-year-old woman dead on Monday night.

Lynda Hansen was turning into Barkly Street in Oakleigh at about 11pm, when an allegedly stolen Lexus slammed into her vehicle, sending it careening 50 metres down the road.

Horrified neighbours attempted to save Ms Hansen’s life, while the alleged driver fled on foot.

She initially survived the crash but died soon afterwards.

Police launched a manhunt to find the driver, and arrested a 20-year-old man in Blackburn South on Thursday evening, three days later.

The family of Lynda Hansen have remembered her as a “compassionate and caring” person who loved to help people, including her elderly mother.

Photo: Victim Lynda Hansen

“[She was] a family orientated person… she was a compassionate cardiac nurse at a large private hospital and was excited to be commencing a new position within the hospital in the next week,” her family said in a statement.

“Lynda was dedicated to her spiritual life, enjoyed Yoga and sang in a gospel choir… [she] leaves behind many shocked and devastated friends and family members.”

A parole warrant was executed during the arrest, sending the man immediately back to prison.

He’s been charged with culpable driving, dangerous driving causing death, fail to stop after collision with a fatality, fail to render assistance after fatal collision, theft of motor vehicle and drive while disqualified.

He’s expected to face court on Monday.