UPDATE: 15yo charged with manslaughter over fatal Hobart crashvideo

UPDATE:A 15-year-old youth from Hobart’s northern suburbs has been charged with manslaughter following a fatal crash which killed a 24-year old pregnant mother earlier today.
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The youth, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of motor vehicle stealing.

He will appear in the Hobart Youth Justice Court later today.

EARLIER:APREGNANT woman is dead, but her unborn baby was saved, after a two-vehicle car crash in Hobart’s CBD on Friday morning.

Police said four people in a stolen ToyotaRav4 crashed into a Nissan Tida about 1am at the intersection of Davey and Argyle streets.

As a result, the 24-year-old woman was killed, but the baby survived and her two-year-old child, also in the car, received minor injuries.

Commander Glenn Frame said the woman was 32 weeks pregnant.

The children are at Royal Hobart Hospital receiving treatment.

Commander Glenn Frame

Police said the driver of the Rav4 fled the scene after the crash.

Commander Frame said a15-year-old alleged to have been driving the Rav4 fled the scene andwas arrested in Kingston on Fridaymorning following a manhunt, and is receiving medical treatment.

The three passengers, two 15-year-old boys and a 12-year-old girl were admitted to hospital for treatment.

Commander Frame said the Rav4was believed to be stolen from Glenorchy at 11pm on Thursday.

He said the Rav4 was spotted by police driving at speed and without its lights on in the Mornington area about five minutes before the crash.

Commander Frame said the car was againseen travelling at a speed of about 120 km/h on the Tasman Bridge about two minutes before the crash.

He said police officers made an operational decision not to pursue the vehicle on both occasions, in line with police regulations.

Commander Frame said charges had yet to be laid over the incident.

He expressed Tasmania Police’s greatest sympathy and condolences to everyone impacted by the incident.

”It is a tragedy that is an avoidable tragedy. This is a terrible situation and our hearts go out to the family and friends of the deceased and all that are involved and impacted on by this accident,” he said.

As part of the investigation police are seeking witnesses to the crash and in addition would encourage anyone who saw the stolen black coloured Toyota Rav (Queensland registration 013LUK) being driven in the greater Hobart area to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

EARLIER:A PREGNANT woman has died in a crash involvinga stolen vehicle occurred at the intersection of Davey and Argyle Streets in Hobart.

Initial enquiries have established that a stolen Toyota Rav 4 was travelling at speed along Davey Street, when it collided with a Nissan Tida sedan at the Argyle Street intersection.

The 24 year old pregnant driver of the Tida died as a result of the crash and her unborn child was later delivered at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

A two year old child in this vehicle received minor injuries. Based on information received, police believe the stolen Toyota Rav contained four occupants at the time of the crash, all youths.

The driver fledthe scene, following the crash.

Efforts are currently underway to locate the alleged driver with police following a specific line of inquiry.

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