UPDATE 3:15PM | A 19-year-old woman has been arrested over the death of an older woman who was run over and left to die on the side of a highway in regional Victoria last night.
The 45-year-old woman was struck by a car on the Midland Highway at Huntly, north of Bendigo, around 1am.
Police said she was walking home from a 21st birthday party and was speaking to her boyfriend on the phone when she was hit.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
The woman laid critically injured on the side of the road for two hours before she was found by a passing motorist.
Police said a vehicle pulled over after the driver had noticed a handbag on the side of the road around 3am.
As the driver went to investigate further, they found the woman lying in the gutter with life-threatening injuries.
Emergency services raced to the scene and worked frantically to try and keep the woman alive but she could not be saved. Sadly, she died at the scene.
About an hour later, around 4am, police were called to a single vehicle crash in Epsom, however, the driver had fled the scene before they arrived.
Police believe this vehicle was involved in the initial hit-and-run at Huntly.
A 19-year-old North Bendigo woman was arrested late this morning and is currently being interviewed by police.
No charges have yet been laid.
EARLIER: A WOMAN has died after she was found lying on the side of a highway with life-threatening injuries in regional Victoria.
The woman was found beside the Midland Highway at Huntly, northeast of Bendigo, around 3am this morning.
Police said initial investigations indicated the woman, who was critically injured, may have been hit by a car.
Paramedics tried desperately to keep her alive, but she could not be saved.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit arrived at the scene this morning.
It’s understood a man was taken into police custody for questioning over the matter shortly after 11am.
Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.