A woman out playing Pokemon Go was killed after being hit and dragged 70 metres down the road by a stolen car.

The man allegedly driving the stolen car ran away and left her for dead.

Sydney woman Tanami Nayler, 22, was out playing the augmented reality smartphone game in Melbourne on Saturday morning about 2.15am when she was allegedly mowed down on a pedestrian crossing on the corner of King and Victoria streets in West Melbourne.

Kiwi Nicholas Davison allegedly ran away but was later charged for the hit and run.


The Herald Sun reports the Toyota Corolla, stolen from a nearby rental depot, allegedly hit speeds of more than 100km/h in a 60km/h zone. It is believed the driver also ran a red light.

The 21-year-old New Zealand national, who lives in North Melbourne, was charged with culpable driving, dangerous driving, fail to stop at the scene of an accident, fail to render assistance, burglary and theft.

Nayler's phone was in her pocket the moment she was hit and the car dragged her about 70 metres before it crashed into another set of traffic lights.

The young woman only got to Melbourne the day before she was killed and family members told the Herald Sun they were "in shock".

Tanami Nayler was walking across a pedestrian crossing when she was hit. Photo / Supplied
Tanami Nayler was walking across a pedestrian crossing when she was hit. Photo / Supplied

"It's one of those senseless things," her cousin Joshua Leisk said.

"You can't predict something like that."

Her friend Steven Perry described her as "one of a kind".

"From school days, crashing on her couch after big nights in Noosa and building a whole house worth of flat packs with her, this girl was never short of a smile or positivity," he said.

"Truly genuine people like this don't come around much anymore."

Friends paid tribute to Nayler on Facebook, with one saying she was perfect in every way.

A witness told Seven News it sounded like a bomb went off out the front of his house.

He said he saw a man run off with a body left on the ground.

"Pretty gruesome," he said.