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Pregnant mum regrets argument with partner after he is killed in crash

The road toll in SA, so far in 2019 stands at 102, it’s not just statistics but they are people like you – someone’s loved one! They are victims like Holly Scott.

A pregnant woman expecting triplets has wept as she recalled having an argument with her partner on Christmas Day, shortly before he was killed in a hit and run crash.

Lana Durbin said her late partner John Mumme, 23, was "great dad, he would do absolutely anything for the kids". The South Australian couple has two children and Ms Durbin is expecting triplets in May.

They had been having Christmas lunch with their family when they had a disagreement, after which John left to go for a walk, she told 7 News.

As John walked on John Rice Avenue in Elizabeth Vale, in Adelaide, he was hit by two cars at about 7.30pm, according to police. The driver of a white Mitsubishi Lancer sedan stopped to assist but the driver of a dark Holden kept driving.

John was taken to Lyell McEwin Hospital, before being transferred to Royal Adelaide Hospital, where the young father died of his injuries.

A young father lost his life after being hit by two cars. Picture: Facebook

A young father lost his life after being hit by two cars. Picture: FacebookSource:NewsComAu

Police are now searching for the driver of the dark Holden, who they believe hit John and failed to stop. They have urged anyone with information about the crime to come forward.

"Come forward. Don't be that weak,"Lana said as she fought back tears. "My kids haven't got a dad because of you."

Police have issued an appeal for any smash repair businesses with information about a dark coloured vehicle with front end damage to contact police.

The young man's death brings the number of lives lost on South Australian roads in 2019 to 108, compared with 75 at the same time last year.

Another Christmas Day tragedy took three lives in the Northern Territory, police there have confirmed.

Three people died in a crash in Alice Springs on Christmas Day.

Three people died in a crash in Alice Springs on Christmas Day.Source:NewsComAu

Police said they'd attempted to stop a vehicle in Alice Springs for driving unregistered on Undoolya Road in East Side, about 7pm, when it fled at speed.

The car had a minor collision with another vehicle before veering into a tree on Spearwood Road. A woman, 32, and two men, 27 and 35, were killed in the accident.

Two other people were hospitalised – one a woman, 20, according to multiple reports.

Detectives from the Southern Investigations and the Major Crash Investigation Unit are continuing to investigate the circumstances surround the crash.

In the month of December, 12 people have been killed on roads in the Northern Territory. A total of 35 people have been killed on NT roads in 2019.

In NSW, a man died after crashing his motorcycle in Sydney's eastern suburbs overnight.

Police at the scene of a fatal crash in Bondi. Picture: News Corp Australia

Police at the scene of a fatal crash in Bondi. Picture: News Corp AustraliaSource:NewsComAu

The man was taken to St Vincents Hospital and declared deceased. Picture: News Corp Australia

The man was taken to St Vincents Hospital and declared deceased. Picture: News Corp AustraliaSource:NewsComAu

Emergency services were called to Glenayr Avenue in Bondi Beach at about 1.30am, with reports a motorcycle had crashed.

The rider, a young man who has not been formally identified, was treated at the scene and taken to St Vincent’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the crash, and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

The official road toll for NSW for 2019 stands at 346. The number is down from the toll at the same time last year, where the toll was at 350.

In Victoria, the road toll stands at 262, up 26 per cent from last year's total road toll of 208. The number in the state rose on December 23, when an elderly male pedestrian was killed after being hit by a car in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

The man, 87, was hit on Springvale Road in Springvale, and received treatment for his injuries, but later died in hospital.

In Queensland, the 2019 road toll stands at 216. In Western Australia the toll for this year is at 162 total fatalities. In South Australia the toll stands at 108. In Tasmania the road toll stands at 25.

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