NT police abandon chase of hit-run suspect

Lucy Hughes Jones

The suspected driver of a fatal hit and run in Darwin on New Year's Eve is still on the loose after Northern Territory police were forced to abandon a high-speed chase.

The hunt continues for the man believed to be responsible, who allegedly narrowly avoided hitting an officer on Monday afternoon when he was pulled over.

Police say the driver was behind the wheel of a hired blue 2010 Toyota Aurion sedan which struck a 46-year-old cyclist on Winnelie Road around 10pm on Saturday.

Police spotted the same blue car in Nightcliff around 4.30pm on Monday but the driver sped off, swerving to avoid an officer.

The pursuit was called off because dangerous speeds put the public at risk and the car has not been seen since.

Family and friends are mourning the loss of Jason 'Dicky' McCormick, who is being remembered as an avid footballer and much-loved family man.

Mr McCormick came off his bike and was lying on the ground near the Winnellie hotel on New Year's Eve when the blue car drove straight over him.

Despite the best efforts of witnesses, paramedics and police, he died from extensive injuries.

Two men who were allegedly in the car briefly stopped a short way past the scene before driving away.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Tony Henrys says police have ramped up resources to hunt the suspects down.

"There are two people out there who are aware they are responsible for this man's unnecessary death," he said.

"They need to hand themselves in before we find them."

Police are appealing for witnesses and requesting a group of women who attempted to enter the pub shortly before the crash at 9.50pm to come forward.

Det Henrys also asked the public to be on the lookout for the rental car, which is likely to have damage to the front bumper.

"It should be noted that registration plates are easy to change or just remove," he said.