A DRIVER has been charged with murder after he allegedly hit and killed a 13-year-old girl in Australia.
A 52-year-old man allegedly drove his car into a crowd at in Mount Isa, north-west Queensland, in the early hours of Saturday.
It is claimed there was a large disturbance in the suburb of Pioneer involving multiple people at around 2am.
It is further alleged that a man drove a vehicle directly into the group, striking the 13-year-old.
Emergency services rushed to her help, but the teen could sadly not be saved.
The unnamed girl died of significant head injuries at the scene, police confirmed.
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The man who was charged with murder, a local, will appear in court on Monday.
Meanwhile police are investigating the incident and speaking to several families in the community.
Detective Inspector Dave Barron said: "I can assure the community that we are taking this matter very seriously and investigating this intensively."
"Our sympathy goes out to the family and the community who are feeling … grief at this time."
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Police have urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online.
A local told the Courier Mail her shock at the incident.
She said: "It's one of those things that really shakes you.
"It would be horrible regardless of who was involved but when it's a young girl it is really bad."
Tragically, this is the town's second hit-and-run of the weekend, after two pedestrians were hospitalised by a stolen vehicle in the early hours of Friday.
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