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One of Australia’s deadliest intersections questioned after Melbourne hit and run

A notorious intersection is being blamed for the death of a young girl who was hit by a struck while walking to school.  

Aivy Nguyen, 14, died after she was hit by a truck turning onto the Maroondah Highway in Ringwood, east Melbourne about 7am on Wednesday.

The driver of the truck failed to stop at the scene, and a 39-year-old man is now helping police with inquiries.

The intersection where Aivy was hit has four pedestrian crossings, 16 lanes of traffic and is driven through by tens of thousands of drivers.

Authorities were allegedly aware of the danger of the intersection before Aivy was hit and killed, the Herald Sun reported.

The intersection where Aivy was hit has four pedestrian crossings, 16 lanes of traffic and is driven through by tens of thousands of drivers

The intersection where Aivy was hit has four pedestrian crossings, 16 lanes of traffic and is driven through by tens of thousands of drivers

A former traffic engineer said the intersection is a well-known hazard

A former traffic engineer said the intersection is a well-known hazard

A former traffic engineer said the intersection is a well-known hazard.

‘This intersection has always been a problem. Largely due to the need to provide access to the service road, which as compromised pedestrian access and safety,’ he said.

There is no left turn arrow for cars to safely turn from Dampier Grove on to Maroondah Highway – the exact spot where Aivy was struck.

Business owners said the intersection was ‘notorious’ and known to be dangerous to cross.

A father-of-two whose daughter attends a school near the intersection told The Age he is forced to put his hands up in front of cars to make them stop.

VicRoads confirmed a serious accident had happened at the intersection in July 2017, while letters show the crossing had been reviewed last year.

According to insurance company AAMI, there were 187 claims made regarding the Maroondah Highway in 2016, making it the seventh worst in Victoria.

Family of Aivy lit candles and prayed at the intersection on Wednesday night, and flowers and letters were placed at the scene

Family of Aivy lit candles and prayed at the intersection on Wednesday night, and flowers and letters were placed at the scene

Family of Aivy lit candles and prayed at the intersection on Wednesday night, and flowers and letters were placed at the scene.

Her mother Ha Huynh cried and hugged Aivy’s 10-year-old daughter.

Aivy’s cousin Kimberly said her and her sister were ‘joined at the hip’.

A black Makita truck was found nearby hours after the incident, and a 39-year-old man is now helping police with their inquiries.

A witness told The Age they saw the driver hit Aivy.

‘That poor girl. I helped with others the best I could.’ 

‘You were young and your life was tragically taken,’ said one note left with a bouquet of flowers.

Louis Datoi, a local father, left a bouquet of roses at the intersection and said a car hit his wife at the intersection last week.

His children have also been involved in near-misses, Mr Datoi said. 

A black Makita truck was found nearby hours after the incident, and a 39-year-old man is now helping police with their inquiries

A black Makita truck was found nearby hours after the incident, and a 39-year-old man is now helping police with their inquiries

 



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