Hit-and-run victim attended school on Sunshine Coast

THE death of a young woman who was struck by a car while walking home from her birthday celebrations in Brisbane is being felt here on the Sunshine Coast.

Friends of Ashleigh Humphrys have revealed the 20-year-old victim of a hit-and-run previously lived on the Sunshine Coast and attended Talara Primary School.

Ashleigh was celebrating her 20th birthday at a friend's house on Saturday night when she set off on the walk from the inner-city suburb of Toowong to her home at Seventeen Mile Rocks.

The young woman had barely started the two-hour journey when a car slammed into her in the early hours of Sunday morning.

While some Coast friends said they had not seen the bright and bubbly girl in several years, they were still saddened.

"She was a happy, lovely girl. She didn't deserve this," friend Holly Kinnear said. "Everyone is just so shocked, there's not a bad bone in her body, and she was so beautiful and always smiling."

Police have seized a car in relation to the hit-and-run death. The vehicle is being forensically tested after being impounded on Monday afternoon. The owner is assisting police with inquiries.

On Monday, investigators were looking for the driver of a dark sedan, likely to have damage to its bonnet after the incident, which they believed could have struck the young woman.

Police are also looking to speak to two taxi drivers who stopped near Ashleigh before she was hit.


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