Melbourne hit-run driver ‘may have been on drugs’ police claim

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The “stupid” driver of a stolen luxury car that hit and killed a Dutch cyclist in Melbourne’s inner city may have been on drugs, it has emerged.

Victoria Police made the claim this morning amid the ongoing search for the moustached man who ran from the fatal scene yesterday.

The cyclist, 27, was travelling in a bike lane in South Yarra’s Chapel Street when she was struck by a white Mercedes-Benz and knocked into the path of another car.

Bystanders helped the driver from the car, with the man pausing to retrieve his belongings from the boot of the vehicle before fleeing the scene.

Bystanders helped the driver from the car, with the man pausing to retrieve his belongings from the boot of the vehicle before fleeing the scene.

Police Inspector Stuart McGregor said the way the saloon car was being driven had led investigators to consider whether drugs were involved.

“We don’t have any evidence yet that he was on drugs at the time but with that sort of driving you would expect it,” he told Melbourne radio 3AW.

“It’s something that you could understand would result in a collision like this – ridiculous, stupid, high-risk type driving.”

The bicycle was a twisted wreck after it was crushed against the other vehicle.

Police have released an image of a man they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries

Police have released an image of a man they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries

“Instead of waiting in line in a queue, it [the car]decides to try and overtake cars on the left and drive down a bicycle lane while a cyclist is in that lane – that’s not something a normal person does,” Inspector McGregor said.

Shocked onlookers recalled hearing loud bangs and seeing chaotic scenes following the accident and left floral tributes for the woman killed.

Melissa Donaldson, who was working in her son’s cafe at the time of the accident, told 9NEWS how she and others had tried to save the cyclist’s life.

The woman was pinned against another vehicle, suffering catastrophic injuries. She died at the scene. (9NEWS)

The woman was pinned against another vehicle, suffering catastrophic injuries. She died at the scene. (9NEWS)

“We heard a large crash yesterday and came running out to the road,” she said.

“It sounded like a truck but we noticed there was quite a bit of carnage out here with quite a few cars scattered  and then I noticed the young lady on the ground.

“So I called out for someone to call an ambulance and went to the young lady on the ground.”

Ms Donaldson said she and a nurse performed CPR on the woman until ambulance crews arrived.

Melissa Donaldson performed CPR on the victim following the  hit and run.

Melissa Donaldson performed CPR on the victim following the  hit and run.

“It’s emotional because we had her breathing but you just keep going until the ambulance came and we gave it our best shot,” she said.

Ms Donaldson said she couldn’t understand why the driver left the scene.

“It’s very callous, he has no thought for anyone else but himself,” she said.

Police have contacted the victim’s family in the Netherlands and her relatives in Australia.

“She was on a working visa … Here for an extended period, a really good holiday – a holiday of a lifetime,” Insp McGregor said.

Police are appealing for help to identify and find the driver of the saloon, which was stolen on August 5 during a burglary at Elsternwick.

Flowers are laid at the scene of the tragedy.

Flowers are laid at the scene of the tragedy.

“We got a really strong indication as to who we’re looking for, the type of person we’re looking for, and now it’s just a matter of confirming that and locating him,” Insp Mcgregor said.

The man is aged in his late 20s or early 30s, with a black moustache and long hair.

Floral tributes are left for the cyclist this morning.

Floral tributes are left for the cyclist this morning.

At the time of the crash, he was wearing black shoes, dark clothes and tracksuit pants with an Adidas logo.

with AAP

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