Nicholas Michael Davison, 21, who lives in North Melbourne was arrested on separate matters but is now being questioned by detectives from the major collision investigation unit. The young woman from NSW was visiting a friend in Melbourne when she was killed by a speeding hit-run driver.
It was the 22-year-old woman’s first night out with her friend when she was hit at the corner of King and Victoria streets about 2.15am.
Detective Inspector Stuart McGregor said investigators believed the driver had run a red light at well over 100km/h.
“Our unfortunate victim was just walking across the road trying to go to a restaurant and get something to eat with a friend that she’d met up with.”
“Unfortunately, what happened was, she stepped off first, he was late to step off, and then the car’s come through the intersection.”
After hitting the woman, the car struck a tree and power pole before coming to rest in Curzon Street.
“From that point, the good Samaritans in the area have gone to help and, unfortunately, then we’ve seen the worst of humanity where the driver’s got out and just run away,” Detective Inspector McGregor said.
“No attempt to assist, no attempt to concern themselves with the welfare of the person that he or she has hit, and just left them in the middle of the road while they take off.
“This is probably one of the lowest acts I think you can commit on the road.
“Not only have you decided that you’re going to speed at outrageous speeds, that you’re going to travel through an intersection when you shouldn’t go through it because it’s a red light, but to then act in a way where you don’t care about another human being just by running off with your concern for yourself instead of others – to me it’s just despicable.”
He said the Toyota Corolla had been a hire car but was subsequently stolen from Spencer Street overnight, shortly before the collision.
The woman was hit in King Street and the car was travelling north.
Police are reviewing camera footage from the intersection and surrounding properties.