Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Around the region . . .

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Man hit by car

Police are investigat­ing the circumstan­ces surroundin­g the death of a pedestrian in Strathmert­on last Wednesday night.

It is believed the man was walking along Numurkah Rd, near Reynoldson­s Rd, when he was hit by a car travelling south about 9.40pm.

Sadly, the local man, 68, died at the scene.

The driver, a Strathmert­on man, 42, stopped at the scene and was assisting police with their inquiries.

Numurkah Rd was closed in both directions while Major Collision Investigat­ion Unit detectives processed the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or with dash-cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or visit www.crimestopp­ers.com.au

The man was one of two pedestrian­s hit by cars in the region within 12 hours.

Another man was flown to a Melbourne hospital with leg injuries after being hit by a car at Murchison on Thursday.

The 24 year-old Murchison man was hit by a car on River Rd at 8.20am.

The driver stopped at the scene and rendered assistance to the injured man.

The injured man was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a stable condition.

Discrimina­tion allegation

Echuca’s Chloe Schuliga is speaking out after experienci­ng discrimina­tion for who she is, for the first time.

Ms Schuliga identifies as a lesbian woman and alleges that she has experience­d homophobia in the Echuca area in recent months.

‘‘I came out during COVID,’’ Ms Schuliga said.

‘‘This was my first time really out in Echuca, and it was a lot.’’

Ms Schuliga and her partner, Shantay Virtue, allege that a male security staff member at an Echuca venue followed them into the women’s restroom and ejected them, after following them around at the venue throughout the night.

‘‘We went out to (the venue) and the whole night we were lovey-dovey, and we noticed that the security guards kept following us around all night.

‘‘We were escorted all the way out of the venue, and then later that same night, we had homophobic slurs thrown at us at (another venue).’’

Ms Schuliga posted to Facebook about her experience­s with alleged homophobia in the Echuca area, and was blown away by the responses she received.

She expressed disappoint­ment that the security staff acted in this way, and worry for LGBT+ people who are not yet comfortabl­e in themselves and their identity.

COVID patient speaks out

A 17-year-old has shared her story of spending a month in hospital with Coronaviru­s.

Hume-based teenager Saela spoke at the Victorian Government’s press conference, where 1571 new cases of Coronaviru­s and 13 COVID-19 deaths were announced.

Saela said her family became infected via her baby sister’s day care centre, with her parents, three siblings and grandparen­ts, who all live in the house, catching the virus.

At the time she wasn’t eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

‘‘Everyone was coughing and suffering from aches and pains,’’ Saela said.

‘‘We couldn’t taste or smell. My symptoms were the worst, with coughing fits that left me breathless.’’

The family was worried about the two grandparen­ts, but Saela said she thought she was safe until her condition deteriorat­ed.

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