IT was a crossing Ambika Subedi had made countless times before.
But tragedy struck on Thursday as Ambika made her way along the five-minute walk from CQUniversity's Rockhampton campus library to her Catt Crescent home.
Just before 6pm, as the light faded, the well-respected mother of three and Nepalese community stalwart was hit by a four-wheel drive on Yaamba Road.
Ambika, 48, died in Rockhampton Hospital soon afterwards.
Yesterday her son Roshan, 25, said the family had lost someone very special.
Ambika had a passion for her family, gardening, travelling and learning.
“It is a very, very hard time for everyone who knew her,” Roshan said.
It was Ambika's desire to improve her English that often took her to the university library.
“The university was close to our home ... a five-minute walk,” Roshan said.
“She'd always go to the library and read.”
The family moved to Rockhampton seven years ago.
Ambika's husband Phul came to the university to do his PhD.
He is now a research officer with the university's Science, Engineering and Health faculty.
Ambika quickly became a mother figure to the city's small Nepalese community of about 100.
“She enjoyed her life here a lot,” Roshan said. “She was a big fan of gardening and loved travelling.”
Central region traffic co-ordinator Inspector Lyle Mitchell yesterday said the male driver of the Nissan Patrol which struck Ambika was still shaken by the tragedy.
Insp Mitchell said the vehicle had been impounded for further testing, as was routine in all fatal incidents.
He said police would look at the safety of the crossing, which was well used by pedestrians.
Ambika's death takes the region's road toll to 14 for the year.
SADLY MISSED: Ambika Subedi, 48, was a loving mother of three and well respected among those in Rockhampton's Nepalese community.