Man dies in another hit-run crash

Investigators from Major Crash are at the scene investigating the circumstances surrounding the hit-run crash which claimed the life of a 29-year-old man from the Nullarbor Plain.
Investigators from Major Crash are at the scene investigating the circumstances surrounding the hit-run crash which claimed the life of a 29-year-old man from the Nullarbor Plain.

A young man has been found dead after an alleged hit-run crash at Port Augusta in the early hours of this morning.

Major Crash investigators and Crime Scene examiners are at the scene investigating circumstances surrounding the incident.

At about 3am on Friday, February 21, patrols were called to Rogers Street after a body was found on the road.

Far North Local Service Area Superintendent Paul Roberts said the man was unconscious and unresponsive upon arrival.

"CPR was provided as well as first aid and ambulance care, but unfortunately the pedestrian died at the scene," he said.

The victim is believed to be a 29-year-old man from the Nullarbor Plain.

In a street known for heavy-vehicle traffic, a neighbour said she didn't hear anything out of the ordinary.

"We didn't hear a thing," she said.

"It's an area where you hear trucks at night, they bomb, they crash, they slow down for corners ... with the noises from the vehicles you don't think much of it.

"It's sad and really, really worrying."

Rogers Street was closed for sometime but has since reopened to all traffic.

Police have asked anyone who may have seen the crash or who has information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The man's death takes this year's road toll to 16 this year, compared to 15 at the same time last year.

Rogers Street continues to be closed between Woodcock Street and Flinders Terrace with diversions in place.

The incident comes less than a week after the Valentines Day hit-and-run crash which claimed the lives of Stephen Press, 50, and Naomi Braden, 44.

Matthew Thomas, 39, appeared in the Port Augusta Magistrate's Court this week, charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a crash and one count of aggravated driving without due care.

The court heard Thomas had been drinking at the Hotel Augusta since 6.15pm on Friday, consuming a dozen schooners of mid-strength beer before getting behind the wheel.

Thomas allegedly left the function after a disagreement with his wife about him drinking too much alcohol to drive.

At about noon the next day, Thomas handed himself into the Port Augusta Police Station where he made "full and frank" admissions.

A tribute on Caroona Road in memoriam of Stephen Press and Naomi Braden continues to grow.

A tribute on Caroona Road in memoriam of Stephen Press and Naomi Braden continues to grow.