Heartache After Grandmother Killed In Hit-And-Run
The family of a woman who was killed in a hit-and-run says the driver is "not human".
Tonia Jansen, 63, was hit by a car and left to die on Monday night, while walking with her partner in Nimbin, in northern NSW.
The grandmother was killed instantly and her companion was found, lying next to her, seriously injured.
The driver was nowhere to be seen.
“To me, the person that has done this is not human,” Tonia’s daughter-in-law Shelby Rogers said.
“It was quite distressing having to tell my children that their grandmother has been taken away.”
Police are looking for the driver of a 2004 white Subaru Forester, that will have distinct damage to its front end and a missing front grill.
NSW Police’s Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy told reporters there’s no way the driver could have overlooked the collision.
“He hit two pedestrians and killed one of them, you’d know you’ve done that,” he said.
“We think there’s people out there who know who was the driver and know the car and we’re urging those people to do the right thing by the community.”
Jansen was a beloved member of the Nimbin community who was rarely seen without her drum.
She has five children and seven grandchildren, forming strong connections with many of them.
“She’d always make really nice food… it is heartbreaking she’s not with us anymore,” her granddaughter Shelby, 12, told 10 News First.
“I’d really like whoever did it to come forward.”
Returning to the scene on Tuesday morning, friend Fiona Mckenzie-Smith struggled to hold back her tears.
“[I] definitely feel that we’ve lost a precious community member in a senseless accident that nobody has taken responsibility for,” she said.
She added that she has been lobbying council to improve Cecil Street, which borders a primary school, soccer club and showgrounds.
“It is dangerous, there is no street lights, there’s no footpaths, there’s nowhere to go,” she said.
Police are urging anyone with information to contact Lismore Police Station or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.