Kiwi mum dies after horrific attack in Gold Coast

Tara Brown (Facebook)
Tara Brown (Facebook)

A New Zealand mother has died in the Gold Coast after her ex-partner allegedly ran her off the road and then beat her with a piece of metal until she was unrecognisable.

Tara Brown, 24, passed away at Gold Coast University Hospital last night with her family by her side, after her life support was switched off.

Queensland police say the mother-of-one was forced off Macquarie St in Ashmore by another driver on Tuesday morning, before she was viciously assaulted while stuck in the car.

It's believed the attacker was Ms Brown's ex-boyfriend, Lionel Patea from Whanganui.

Police told the Courier Mail that Patea followed Ms Brown from their daughter's childcare centre after she dropped her off.

It's believed a physical altercation between the pair took place at a set of traffic lights, before Ms Brown was rammed off the road.

Neighbours who heard the crash rushed outside to help, and Ms Brown was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

Patea allegedly fled the scene after stealing a council worker's car parked nearby.

He handed himself into police later that morning, and was hospitalised with self-inflicted stab wounds to his chest and neck.

Police charged Patea with attempted murder, which is expected to be upgraded to murder following Ms Brown's death.

The Courier Mail reports Ms Brown went to police a week ago, asking for help to leave Patea.

She visited Southport police station last Thursday, but was told to seek help elsewhere.

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