Media release

Fatal crash – Pinelands


Northern Territory Police are investigating a pedestrian death in Pinelands last night.

Shortly after 7.30pm police were notified that a woman had been struck by a vehicle on Stuart Highway.

Detective Senior Sergeant Brendan Lindner said, “The woman was struck by several vehicles in quick succession on a dimly lit section of the road.”

All three drivers stopped as lawfully required and awaited police. Two drivers failed roadside saliva indication drug tests and were subsequently arrested for confirmation drug testing. A 24-year-old female driver was later confirmed to have cannabis within her system and immediately suspended from driving for 24 hours. She was released from custody pending further investigation.

The Stuart Highway was closed for most of the night and reopened at 4am.

Major Crash detectives are appealing for any witnesses to come forward to assist with the investigation.

“The pedestrian was struck in the inbound lanes of Stuart Highway in Pinelands, near the turn offs to McKinnon Road on the left and Mander Road on the right,” DSSgt Lindner said.

“We are appealing to all motorists travelling through Pinelands around 7.30pm, who saw either the crash or the female pedestrian prior to the crash. She is described as middle-aged, indigenous and wearing a brightly-patterned dress. Anyone who travelled through the area with dash-cam footage between 7:00pm and 7:45pm is urged to contact police on 131 444.”