Road rage is believed to have sparked a fight between the driver of a car and two motorcyclists which left one man dead in Melbourne’s west.
A manhunt is now underway for one of the riders who allegedly fled after seeing the severity of the victim’s injuries.
Footage from the scene shows what is left of a Yamaha motorbike next to the road after a suspected road rage altercation on the streets of Melton South.
Its rider slammed head-on into a car just after 6.30am on Tuesday.
“When he hit the car, it was just carnage,” witness Matt Schraner said.
It is believed two men on motorbikes had an altercation with a man in a black Volkswagen on Centenary Avenue.
Then on High Street, one rider overtook the car, but hit an oncoming Commodore.
“He was in the wrong, unfortunately… and he’s paid the ultimate price,” Mr Schraner said.
“I reckon he flipped four or five times.
“He had a helmet on, but the helmet actually came off mid-air and that went about 150 metres down the street.”
The Volkswagen driver did not stop. The second rider did, but not for long.
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“He’s gone over to the deceased person, he’s rolled the body over, had a look, obviously seen what he saw and he got a bit shocked,” Mr Schraner said.
“He’s literally just ran back to his bike and he’s taken off.”
Victoria Police Detective Sergeant Stephen Hill added: “If he is related to the other motorbike rider and he’s left his mate on the side of the road, it’s a bit of a dog’s act, really, isn’t it?”
“He died in our hands, absolutely,” Mr Schraner said.
“And it was pretty hard. But again, we tried the best we could and unfortunately it just wasn’t good enough.”
Mr Schraner said about a dozen motorists pulled over after the crash and were stunned when the second motorcyclist fled on his black road bike without a helmet and without saying a word.
“We would like to call on him to hand himself in,” Det. Sgt Hill said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.