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A WOMAN has died after being hit by a car while cycling on Beach Road last week.

The 60-year-old Mentone resident was allegedly struck by a Holden Commodore in Beaumaris, around 5.25pm 24 May. She died at the scene.

Police allege that the driver failed to stop at the scene of the incident. The next day they arrested a 35-year-old man from Armstrong Creek, who has been charged with culpable driving, dangerous driving causing death, fail to stop, and fail to render assistance.

He was remanded to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 26 May.

The Holden Commodore was allegedly found by police in Waller Court, Cheltenham. 

The deceased cyclist has been identified as former South Oakleigh College principal Debbie Locco. A statement from current principal Helen Koziaris on social media read that “the South Oakleigh College community is saddened and grieving from the tragic death of ex College Principal Debbie Locco.”

“She was not only a professional colleague but a friend to all who shaped and drove educational change and supported staff, students and parents in their day to day lives,” the statement read.

“Our deepest condolences go to Debbie’s family at this time. Our thoughts, love and strength are with them, she will be greatly missed, but always remembered.”

Any witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppersvic.com.au.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 27 May 2020

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