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Pregnant woman killed in head-on crash in Hobart, unborn child survives

A pregnant woman is dead but her unborn baby was saved after a stolen 4WD crashed into her car in Hobart's CBD in the early hours of Friday morning.

Police said four people were in a stolen Toyota Rav 4 when it crashed into a Nissan Tida about 1am at the intersection of Davey and Argyle streets, The Examiner reports.

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Unborn child survives crash

The unborn child's 24-year-old mother was killed in a head-on car crash in Hobart but was later delivered at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

A 24-year-old woman had just dropped her husband off at work, and was driving with her two-year-old in the car when the crash occurred. 

The woman, believed to have been 32 weeks pregnant, was killed, but her unborn child was delivered at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

One car was completely burnt out in the crash.
One car was completely burnt out in the crash.  Photo: Screenshot ABC

The woman's two-year-old child received minor injuries and was receiving treatment at the hospital.

Police said the 15-year-old driver of the Rav 4 fled the scene after the crash but was found by police later Friday morning. 

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Three passengers in the Rav 4, two 15-year-old boys and a 12-year-old girl, were receiving treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

Police said the teens, all believed to be from the Hobart area, are assisting with the investigation.

The crash in Hobart left a young mother dead.
The crash in Hobart left a young mother dead.  Photo: Screenshot ABC

Commander Glenn Frame said the Rav 4 was believed to be stolen from Glenorchy at about 11pm on Thursday.

He said the Rav 4 was spotted by police driving at speed and without its lights on in the Mornington area about five minutes before the crash. 

The collision in central Hobart left a young mother dead.
The collision in central Hobart left a young mother dead.  Photo: Screenshot ABC

Commander Frame said the car was again seen travelling at a speed of about 120km/h on the Tasman Bridge about two minutes before the crash.

He said police officers made an operational decision not to pursue the vehicle on both occasions, in line with police regulations.

Commander Frame said charges had yet to be laid over the incident.

Southern Commander Glenn Frame said: "This was an avoidable crash, which undoubtedly will have a major impact on all those involved. On behalf of Tasmania Police and our members, I extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of the deceased". 

As part of the investigation police are seeking witnesses to the crash and in addition would encourage anyone who saw the stolen black coloured Toyota Rav with Queensland registration plates 013LUK being driven in the greater Hobart area to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The Examiner