Vic­to­ria po­lice hunt driver who fled af­ter fa­tally run­ning over cy­clist in stolen car

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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 be­lieved 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.

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 ar­rest you,” McGre­gor said. “You’re go­ing to go to court, you’re go­ing to look a lot bet­ter if you come to us.”

Po­lice have not yet been able to con­tact the dead woman’s fam­ily and plan to re­lease a photo of their sus­pect.

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