A NEW Zealand man has been arrested and charged after a young woman was hit and killed by a stolen hire car in West Melbourne last night.
Police said the 22-year-old woman from New South Wales was crossing the intersection of King and Victoria streets when she was struck.
She was reportedly walking with a friend when she was mowed down by a silver Toyota Corolla at around 2.15am.
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Police said initial investigations had suggested the vehicle had driven straight through a red light at speeds of around 100km/h.
The force of the impact threw the woman around 50 metres through the air.
Sadly, she died at the scene.
After hitting the woman, the Corolla then smashed into a tree with the driver abandoning the vehicle and fleeing the scene on foot.
It’s understood the Corolla was a hire car which had been stolen.
Despite conducting an immediate extensive search of the area and patrolling surrounding streets, the driver could not be found.
A 21-year-old New Zealand man who was arrested on separate matters this morning has since been charged over the incident.
The man, who currently resides in North Melbourne, will appear in Melbourne Magistrates court this afternoon, charged with a long list of serious offences, including culpable driving, dangerous driving, fail to stop at the scene of an accident, fail to render assistance, burglary and theft.