Tanami Nayler was killed in an accident in Melbourne. Photo / Supplied
A woman out playing Pokemon Go was killed after being hit and dragged 70 metres down the road by a stolen car.
The man allegedly driving the stolen car ran away and left her for dead.
Sydney woman Tanami Nayler, 22, was out playing the augmented reality smartphone game in Melbourne on Saturday morning about 2.15am when she was allegedly mowed down on a pedestrian crossing on the corner of King and Victoria streets in West Melbourne.
Kiwi Nicholas Davison allegedly ran away but was later charged for the hit and run.
The Herald Sun reports the Toyota Corolla, stolen from a nearby rental depot, allegedly hit speeds of more than 100km/h in a 60km/h zone. It is believed the driver also ran a red light.
The 21-year-old New Zealand national, who lives in North Melbourne, was charged with culpable driving, dangerous driving, fail to stop at the scene of an accident, fail to render assistance, burglary and theft.
The young woman only got to Melbourne the day before she was killed and family members told the Herald Sun they were “in shock”.Nayler’s phone was in her pocket the moment she was hit and the car dragged her about 70 metres before it crashed into another set of traffic lights.
Tanami Nayler was walking across a pedestrian crossing when she was hit. Photo / Supplied
“It’s one of those senseless things,” her cousin Joshua Leisk said.
“You can’t predict something like that.”
Her friend Steven Perry described her as “one of a kind”.
“From school days, crashing on her couch after big nights in Noosa and building a whole house worth of flat packs with her, this girl was never short of a smile or positivity,” he said.
“Truly genuine people like this don’t come around much anymore.”
Friends paid tribute to Nayler on Facebook, with one saying she was perfect in every way.
A witness told Seven News
it sounded like a bomb went off out the front of his house.
He said he saw a man run off with a body left on the ground.
“Pretty gruesome,” he said.
Half an hour before Sydney woman Tanami Nayler was killed by a speeding driver in Melbourne, she had sent a text to her mother telling her she was safe.
Nayler, 22, died when she was hit at the corner of King and Victoria Sts about 2.15am on Saturday.
She was in Melbourne on a weekend away from Sydney, the Age reported.
New Zealander Nicholas Michael Davison, 21, has been charged over the incident.
Investigators believe the driver had allegedly run a red light and was travelling at more than 100km/h.
About half an hour before she died, Nayler sent her mother Vivien Nayler a text.
“Have arrived safely in Melbourne,” she wrote.
She added she was about to leave a nightclub in the city and head back to her friend’s home, the Age reported.
Vivien Nayler said she wanted to be clear that initial media reports that said her daughter was playing Pokemon Go were not correct.Nayler ended the message as she always did: “Love you.”
“She wanted to see her friend and came down to meet him on Friday,” Vivien Nayler said.
The friends were almost home after a night out at a nightclub in the city when she was killed.
“It has been dreadful, we can’t believe it,” Nayler said.
“Her father and I are devastated by this tragedy.”
She said her daughter had always told her she was her best friend.
“I know all mums say this but we really were so close, and that’s why she texted me that night, we were always in contact with each other, always so close.”
Nayler and her husband Nabob (known as Don) have travelled to Melbourne and plan to take their daughter back to Noosa for the funeral when the Coroner releases her body.
Housemate and friend Sarah Staltare said Tanami had an “infectious energy” that often lifted people’s spirits, the Age reported. “There are certain people that you are drawn to, people who are infectious and make your heart warm. Tani was one of those people,” she said.
“I’m so heartbroken that our time has been cut short but her impact on my life and those around her will live on forever. Tani is the most beautiful and caring soul and wherever she chooses to be now I know that that place will be full of light, new adventures, love and not to mention amazing style.
“She would have already made so many new friends in heaven.”
Tributes for the bright and bubbly friend were also flowing on social media.
“So sad to hear the news that this amazing girl is no longer with us, from school days, crashing on her couch after big nights in Noosa and building a whole house worth of flat packs with her this girl was never short of a smile or positivity,” one friend wrote.
“Truly genuine people like this don’t come around much anymore. Tanami Nayler you truly were one of a kind.”
“So sorry beautiful girl,” another friend wrote.