The mother-of-five who was killed “instantly” after being hit by a car on a Gold Coast highway has been remembered as a woman who will be “greatly missed”.
The body of 32-year-old Tammara Macrokanis was found on Saturday night, after reports a car had been parked “dangerously” on the shoulder of the M1 southbound, near exit 54, at Coomera.
When officers arrived, they found the car to be damaged, launching a search of the nearby area.
“The body of a 32-year-old woman was located nearby with investigations now under way to determine the circumstances of the death,” police said in a statement.
It’s understood the body was found 4km to the north by police helicopter Polair, using infra-red cameras.
Tammara’s mother Penney Macrokanis took to social media to express her love for her oldest daughter, who lived in Casino but had been visiting family on the Gold Coast.
“Last night… we lost my eldest daughter Tammara to a fatal accident that killed her instantly,” she wrote on Facebook.
“RIP my eldest baby, I never in my wildest dreams thought you would leave us in this way.
“Your five beautiful children and your family love you with all our hearts and now you are gone forever.
“Till we meet again, Love you eternally mum.”
A friend of Tammara’s took to Facebook to write “can’t believe my girl is gone rip Tammara you will never be forgotten my girl.”
A police spokesman told the Gold Coast Bulletin the woman had been seen walking on the side of the highway earlier in the evening.
The 31-year-old driver of the damaged car was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment, who assisted police before being released.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating, and appealing for anyone with dashcam footage of the area between exits 49 to 54 southbound between 9 and 9.40pm on Saturday to contact them.