Melissa Oates

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On February 29, 2020 Melissa Oates struck and killed her boyfriend Jari Wise with a car on Wilmot Road, Huonville, Tasmania, Australia. She was reportedly driving at 110 km/hr and had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.[1] It is believed he died instantly. Oates just kept on driving.[2][3]

Oates was charged with four breaches of a police family violence order and was bailed to appear on March 17, 2020.[4][5]

As is common in cases in which it is alleged a woman has committed intimate partner violence initial media reports stated that the man and woman were known to each other.[6]

Oates was subsequently convicted of dangerous driving and sentenced to 14 months imprisonment with six months suspended.[7][8]

Jari's mother Faith Tkalac is now actively raising awareness of domestic and intimate partner violence against all people regardless of gender, has recently proposed Jari's Law, and appeared as a speaker during ICMI21.

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