Tragedy when four children are orphaned after their ex-lover allegedly ran over and killed their mother in a gruesome attack at 3:30am, leaving their eldest daughter to raise her siblings alone.
- Jacqui Purton, 37, allegedly fatally struck by a car
- Partner, 38, has been denounced by the police for his death
- TO GoFundMe has been released to help his four children
In the photo: Jacqui Purton, 37
A mother of four has died after her ex-boyfriend allegedly ran her over with a car, leaving her eldest daughter alone to raise her three younger siblings.
Jacqui Purton, 37, was killed at a remote property in Campania, north-east of Hobart, when her former partner allegedly ran over her at around 3:30am on Monday.
Emergency teams rushed to the scene but were unable to save her.
A white Holden Commodore sedan with a broken bumper bar and window was parked in the driveway late Monday morning.
A 38-year-old man was arrested and later charged by police on Tuesday night.
“Police will allege that the man was known to the 37-year-old woman who died of serious injuries after being struck by a car on property on Native Corners Road,” Tasmania Police said in a statement.
The man will appear in Hobart Magistrate Court tomorrow.
Ms Purton’s mother, Leanne Walford, told Daily Mail Australia that her daughter and the 38-year-old alleged killer met in 2019 and were together for around four years, before splitting in September 2022.
“We don’t know the details, or why he was there on Monday, or anything, except that he (allegedly) ran over her.”
Jacqui Purton died in an alleged act of domestic violence on Monday. Her daughter Shakira (pictured together) will raise her siblings
Jacqui Purton (right) is pictured with her three children and her mother, Leanne Walford (left)
Ms Purton’s sister said she tried to “live an amazing, free life” and worked at a food truck to support her four children, aged 20, 16, 12 and 10. They are all from previous relationships.
The tragedy has left them orphaned with their 20-year-old daughter Shakira, who is understood to be left in the care of her younger siblings.
TO go finance me has been established to raise money for children.
Ms Purton’s sister said Shakira is “incredible and very strong, but it’s because she doesn’t want to break down in front of those guys.”
“She wants to be there for (them),” he said.
The family was horrified when they learned of Ms Purton’s death on social media on Monday.
‘My mother woke up and saw where it happened. She followed up and we confirmed it,” Ms Purton’s sister said.
He remembered his sister as a loving mother who ‘lived for her children’.
“She wasn’t always given an easy hand, but no matter what, she raised her children as a single mother and worked hard to make sure they were never left without,” her sister said.
Jacqui Purton’s family organized a fundraiser for her children. Her children have been orphaned.
Ms Walford said: “Jacqui was mother, daughter and sister, and those little children are going to grow up without their mother.”
Tasmania Police Detective Acting Inspector Nicholas Bowden told the local newspaper, The Mercury, that someone at the property called emergency services.
He did not elaborate on how many people were in the house at the time.
“Evidence located at the scene would suggest that the woman was struck by a car,” he said.
Detectives have urged anyone with information to contact police immediately.