Australia Driver thought she had 'hit a kangaroo', inquest of Trinton Harmon told

13:40  13 february  2020
13:40  13 february  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Trinton Harmon's family is keeping his memory alive, but their grief is profound, Mr Harmon's former partner has told the Hobart Coroner's Court.

The 43-year-old died instantly when he was hit by a four-wheel drive driven by Tranmere woman Simone Bridges on the night of July 8, 2016, an inquest into his death has heard.

Ms Bridges told the inquest she thought she had hit a kangaroo or wallaby and did not stop. She also said she did not know her licence was suspended at the time due to unpaid fines.

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Kylie Bennett met Trinton Harmon at high school when she was 13 years old and within a year they were a couple, eventually staying together for 17 years, the court heard.

Their two sons were aged 16 and 14 when Mr Harmon died.

Ms Bennett, who remained close to Mr Harmon after they split up as a couple, said his death had a devastating impact on his family.

"We certainly talk about Trinton all the time. We've got a lot of his stuff around the house," she said.

One of the issues to be examined by the inquest was whether Mr Harmon may have wanted to end his life on the night he died.

Ms Bennett told the inquest she saw Mr Harmon two days before he died, when he had dinner with the family and watched a movie with his sons afterwards.

She told the court said Mr Harmon had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression caused by a crash he was involved in when he was 25.

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Bobb told police he initially thought he had hit a kangaroo and had suffered significant shock and distress after the incident. The inquest heard Bobb had seen a truck parked in an unusual place on the Monaro Highway. When he refocused on the road, he saw something briefly but had no time to

The court heard he was driving home and accidentally ran over and killed his best friend.

Ms Bennett said there were two reasons she believed Mr Harmon was not intending to end his life that night; one was his planning for the future and the other was the anguish he suffered after his best friend's death.

"He was tortured all his life from his accident and I don't believe that he would do that to another person," she said.

Coroner Olivia McTaggart said after hearing from all of the witnesses she did not think a finding of suicide was something she needed to make.

'I did not see a person', driver says

Ms Bennett said she was not surprised Mr Harmon had drugs and alcohol in his system at the time of his death, and that he used drugs and alcohol to cope with the trauma of his accident.

She told the court Ms Bridges approached her at an eastern shore shopping centre in November last year and "ranted" for about 10 minutes.

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"It was like she was imploring me to feel sorry for her," Ms Bennett said.

"There was nothing about 'Are the boys okay?' or anything about our side of it as such … I said, 'That's the difference between you and him. He stopped and you didn't'."

Ms Bridges gave evidence at the inquest all day Wednesday and for more than an hour on Thursday.

She said she was driving home from work at Hobart Airport about 11:30pm when she hit what she thought was a wallaby or kangaroo, and did not stop.

"I did not see a person," she said.

"The whole thought of [hitting] a human being did not come to my mind at all."

She said she did not agree with crash scene investigator Sergeant Rod Carrick when he said he did not think it possible that a driver would not notice hitting a pedestrian on that road.

"He's not me, he's a different person," Ms Bridges said.

She denied a suggestion she had some doubt about whether she had hit an animal.

Ms Bridges said she went home to check the damage to her car, and her partner arrived home in the early hours of the morning.

Ms Bridges said when her partner told her there was a roadblock near the Mornington roundabout because of an accident a police officer described as "the worst of the worst", she insisted he drive her to Bellerive police station in case the accident was related to her.

She told the court she did not know that her licence was suspended at the time, and had she known, she would not have been driving.

The inquest has been adjourned and Ms McTaggart said she hoped to publish her findings by mid-April.

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