A man is on the run after fatally running over a cyclist in a stolen car on a busy Melbourne road.
The victim, a woman thought to be aged in her 20s, suffered “devastating” injuries and died at the scene.
She was hit by the white Mercedes sedan as it cut into the Chapel Street bike lane at South Yarra around 10am on Sunday.
“Today we’ve lost the life of a young girl who was just going about a Sunday morning bicycle ride,” Inspector Stuart McGregor told reporters at the scene.
“Unfortunately for her, the driver of the white Mercedes decided he was going to cut through on the left-hand side of the other vehicles and at the same time he’s collided with her and pushed her up against another car.”
The man made a run for it after bystanders helped him from the car, which was stolen last week in an aggravated burglary at Elsternwick in Melbourne’s southeast.
“His first thought was to run. It wasn’t to help, it wasn’t to stop, it wasn’t to think about the poor person he’s hit,” Insp McGregor said, describing the man as “despicable”.
Thought to be aged between his late 20s and early 30s, the motorist was last seen running from bystanders along a nearby street, sporting shoulder-length hair, a dark beard and moustache, and wearing black shoes and clothes including an Adidas tracksuit.
“This is not going to go away … we will not stop, we do not stop. We will arrest you,” Insp McGregor said.
“You’re going to go to court; you’re going to look a lot better if you come to us.”
Police haven’t yet been able to contact the dead woman’s family and have released a photo of their suspect.