A MAN has been charged after a woman was found dead in the middle of a highway northwest of Brisbane.
The 51-year-old woman’s body was found in the middle of the New England Highway at Yarraman, 180km northwest of the state’s capital, around 11.40pm on Christmas night.
Police said preliminary investigations indicated the woman was sitting on the highway near the intersection of Tarong-Yarraman Road, when she was struck by a northbound car.
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Instead of stopping and rendering assistance, the driver of the car allegedly tried fleeing the scene but lost control of his car and crashed into a nearby paddock before running away.
Following investigations, police took a 24-year-old Kingaroy man into custody in Maidenwell on Boxing Day.
He has since been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and failing to remain at the scene of a road incident.
The 24-year-old appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court via video link on Wednesday morning and was remanded in custody to appear in Kingaroy Magistrates Court on January 15.
Investigators are continuing to appeal for anyone who was travelling on the New England Highway between 11pm and 12.30pm on December 25 to contact police.
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.