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Three pedestrians killed in 24 hours as police urge caution on long weekend

Police said a 32-year-old man was treated at the scene by witnesses, police and NSW Ambulance paramedics, but could not be revived.

The ute’s 43-year-old driver was also taken to Nepean Hospital for mandatory testing.

Separately, police were called to the Barton Highway near Murrumbateman in the state’s Southern Tablelands around 6.30pm after reports that an 83-year-old woman had been struck by a Mitsubishi Triton. She died at the scene.

“The driver of the utility – a 25-year-old man – was taken to Yass District Hospital for mandatory testing,” police said.

On Saturday morning, a 10-year-old boy died after the vehicle he was travelling in left the road and hit a tree before rolling a number of times on Flaggs Road in Merriwa in the Hunter region.

Emergency services also attended to a 15-year-old girl and a 46-year-old man who was the driver of the vehicle.

The girl was taken by road to John Hunter hospital in a stable condition, while the driver was airlifted to the same hospital in a critical condition.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander acting assistant commissioner Trent King said that each of the drivers involved in the incidents on Friday had undertaken mandatory testing, but no charges had been laid as of Saturday evening.

He also said that police had reason to believe that “in at least one of the circumstances, we believe the pedestrian may have been at fault.”

Police urged people to remain vigilant on the roads as school holidays, the long weekend and the wet weather combined to create difficult and busy road conditions.

“Long weekends are a time for families and friends to spend together, not be told that their loved one has been killed in an incident on our roads,” King said.

“I implore both road users and pedestrians to stay alert, pay attention and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

“The predicted weather for the weekend requires additional caution to be taken, so please drive with care.”

The three pedestrian deaths come less than a week after a 57-year-old man was hit and killed by a driver in Fairfield on Monday morning.

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