Police Hunt For Driver After Fatal Hit And Run In Melbourne
The driver fled on foot after being helped out of the car by bystanders.
What you need to know
- A cyclist has died after being hit by a car on a busy Melbourne street
- Police are now hunting for the driver of the vehicle who fled the scene on foot
- The female victim has not yet been formally identified
A man is on the run after a young female cyclist was hit and killed by a car in Melbourne's busy inner suburb of South Yarra.
Police allege at about 10am on Sunday, a white Mercedes sedan travelling along Chapel Street near Grosvenor Street cut into the left-hand bicycle lane and collided with several parked cars and a cyclist.
It's believed the Mercedes had been stolen during an aggravated burglary in Elsternwick last week.
Emergency services attended the scene but the cyclist, believed to be in her late 20s or early 30s, could not be saved from what police described as "devastating" injuries.
Detective Inspector Stuart McGregor told reporters on Sunday that bystanders at the scene had rushed to the aid of the cyclist and the driver.
The driver of the Mercedes was helped out of the car shortly before he fled the scene on foot.
It's understood witnesses attempted to chase down the driver, but he was last seen running on Simmons Street away from Chapel Street.
"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 has just hit. It was to run," McGregor said, describing the driver as a "despicable person".
Police are now hunting for the driver who is described as being in his late 20s or early 30s with dark hair and facial hair. He was last seen wearing dark clothing, including tracksuit pants with a large white 'Adidas' logo down the side.
Police have since released an image of a man who they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries.
"We will not stop, we do not stop, we will arrest you," McGregor said when asked if he had a message for the driver.
"You are going to go to court. You're going to look a lot better if you come to us than if we come to you."
Police have yet been unable to contact the next of kin and are continuing with their inquiries.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.