Tragedy as four kids are orphaned after mum was allegedly mowed down and killed by her ex-lover in horrific 3.30am attack – leaving her eldest daughter to raise her siblings alone
- Jacqui Purton, 37, allegedly fatally hit by a car
- Partner, 38, has been by police over her death
- A GoFundMe has been launched to help her four kids
Pictured: Jacqui Purton, 37
A mother-of-four has died after her ex-boyfriend allegedly ploughed into her with a car, leaving her eldest daughter to raise her three younger siblings alone.
Jacqui Purton, 37, was killed at a remote property in Campania, north-east of Hobart, when her former partner allegedly mowed her down at about 3.30am on Monday.
Emergency crews rushed to the scene but were unable to save her.
A white Holden Commodore sedan with a cracked bumper bar and window was parked in the driveway later on Monday morning.
A 38-year-old man was taken into custody and later charged by police on Tuesday evening.
‘Police will allege the man was known to the 37-year-old woman who died from serious injuries after being struck by a car on a property in Native Corners Road,’ Tasmanian Police said in a statement.
‘The man will appear before the Hobart Magistrates Court tomorrow.’
Ms Purton’s mother, Leanne Walford, told Daily Mail Australia her daughter and the the 38-year-old alleged killer met in 2019 and were together for about four years, before they broke up in September, 2022.
‘We don’t know the details, or why he was there on Monday, or anything except that he [allegedly] ran her over.’
Jacqui Purton died in an alleged act of domestic violence on Monday. Her daughter Shakira (pictured together) will raise her brothers
Jacqui Purton (right) is pictured with her three sons and mother, Leanne Walford (left)
Ms Purton’s sister said she tried to ‘live an amazing and free life’ and worked in a food van to provide for her four children, age 20, 16, 12, and 10. They are all from previous relationships.
The tragedy has left them orphaned with daughter Shakira, 20, understood to be left looking after her little brothers.
A Go Fund Me has been set up to raise money for the children.
Ms Purton’s sister said Shakira is ‘amazing and so strong, but it’s because she doesn’t want to break in front of those boys’.
‘She wants to be there for [them],’ she said.
The family were horrified when they found out about Ms Purton’s death on social media on Monday.
‘My mum woke up and saw where it happened. She followed up and we had it confirmed,’ Ms Purton’s sister said.
She remembered her sister as a loving mother who ‘lived for her children’.
‘She wasn’t always given an easy hand, but no matter what she still raised her kids as a single mum and hussled to make sure they never went without,’ her sister said.
Jacqui Purton’s family set up a fundraiser for her children. Her kids have been orphaned
Ms Walford said: ‘Jacqui was a mum, a daughter and a sister and those little boys are going to grow up without their mother.’
Tasmania Police Detective Acting Inspector Nicholas Bowden told local paper, The Mercury, that someone at the property called emergency services.
He would not elaborate on how many people were at the house at the time.
‘Evidence located at the scene would suggest the female has been struck by a car,’ he said.
Detectives have urged anyone with information to contact police immediately.