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Oakleigh hit-run: Nurse Lynda remembered by devastated family

A nurse killed in yesterday’s shocking hit-and-run crash in Oakleigh has been remembered for her caring nature.

Lynda Hansen, 53, couldn’t be saved after her car was hit by a speeding driver in Warrigal Road late Monday night.

Her family has released a statement saying she was dedicated to her spiritual life and enjoyed yoga, and was excited to be starting a new position at the hospital she worked.

The hunt for the coward who fled the scene of the crash continues.


Lynda was a very caring and family orientated person.  She was a compassionate cardiac nurse at a large private hospital and was excited to be commencing a new position within the hospital in the next week.

Lynda was dedicated to her spiritual life, enjoyed Yoga and sang in a gospel choir.

She enjoyed overseas travel and loved to help people, especially her elderly mother.

Lynda leaves behind many shocked and devastated friends and family members.

We wish to thank the caring people who tried to help Lynda and Victoria Police Force for all of their support.

Whilst we understand the interest in this tragic matter, we would appreciate that the privacy of our family is respected at this time.


The man was behind the wheel of a stolen white Lexus on Warrigal Road when he hit a Toyota that was turning right onto Barkly Street about 11pm.

The man sped away north along Warrigal Road.

He is described as about 181cm tall, obese or of solid build, aged in his 20 or 30s and with thick, Afro style hair.


Police have described the driver of a stolen Lexus as “despicable”.

“These collisions bring out the best and worst in people,” Detective Acting Inspector Brad McArthur said.

“We’ve had people make valiant attempts to save the life of the poor woman who was killed in this crash.

“And then we’ve got the worst when somebody leaves the scene of a crash with no concern for anybody but themselves.”