Pictured: Jacqui Purton, 37
A mother-of-four has died after her ex-boyfriend allegedly hit 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 ex-boyfriend is accused of mowing her down at about 3.30am on Monday.
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 charged with murder 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.
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 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.
Ms Purton’s father took to social media to reveal the pain he and his family are facing in the wake of her death.
‘Today I lost my first born Jacqueline Lee Purton. My heart and my family’s hearts have been ripped apart in a tragic day for us,’ Scott Purton said.
‘Jacqui you will always be loved and remembered by us all.
‘To my grandkids, words cannot express how much your mum loved you all.
‘My heart goes out to you all, love a father and a grandfather. RIP my beautiful daughter.’