Woman killed on road near Blenheim

IAN ALLEN
Last updated 17:24 01/07/2013
Police
Derek Flynn

Fatal walk: Police and St John Ambulance staff at the scene where a pedestrian died after being hit by a car on State Highway 1 near the Riverlands Industrial Estate

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It is unusual for pedestrians to walk along a section of State Highway 1 where a woman was killed on Sunday, workers at a nearby industrial estate say.

The woman was walking along SH1 near a turnoff to the Riverlands Industrial Estate in Blenheim when she was struck by a car at about 5.45pm.

Anybody that far out of town normally walked on the grass next to the highway, which was quite a distance from the outer road markings, the workers said.

The stretch of highway has a 100kmh speed limit and no street lighting.

Police have not said if the woman was walking on the side of the road when she was hit.

Marlborough highway patrol team leader Sergeant Barrie Greenall said the female driver of the utility vehicle involved in the death was from Blenheim and travelling alone.

She was being looked after by victim support, Greenall said.

"She is understandably distressed by the events."

The ute was not all that badly damaged, Greenall said.

Tasman District police communications manager Barbara Dunn said a serious crash investigator was back at the scene this morning.

''Police are working to establish the victim's movements before the crash and would like to speak with anyone who saw a woman wearing dark-coloured clothing on the roadside in the area at that time.''

An autopsy was to be carried out today, Dunn said.

Forensic examination was required to confirm her identity and that could take some time, she said.

While it was uncommon for people to walk along the stretch where the woman died, hitchhikers and dog-walkers did take that route.

At nearby business, MD Freighting, manager Lance Turner said hitchhikers usually walked there during the day.

Anyone with information should contact Blenheim police on 03 578 5279.

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