Passenger in stolen car dies when vehicle crashed into pole before driver stepped on and is still on the run
- Burwood Highway in Melbourne closed for at least six hours after fatal accident
- Driver of allegedly stolen car crashed into pole on Wednesday and killed passenger
- Manhunt underway after driver reportedly fled before police arrived
A manhunt is underway after the driver of a supposedly stolen car fled the scene of an accident that killed the passenger.
Emergency services rushed to the Burwood Highway in Burwood in eastern Melbourne at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday after reports that a car had collided with a pole.
A passenger in the suspected stolen car died at the scene and has yet to be formally identified.
The driver is believed to have fled before officers arrived, police said.
Burwood Highway remains closed after driver of allegedly stolen car crashes into pole, killing passenger
Police checks revealed that the car had been stolen from the Reservoir, in the north of the city, on the night of July 15.
Detectives from the large collision investigation unit remain at the scene of the accident while a manhunt for the driver continues.
Burwood Highway remains city-bound between Middleborough Road and Station Street, leading to traffic chaos.
“Our crews assist emergency services in directing traffic. Use Highbury Road or Canterbury Road instead. Give extra time,” a VicTraffic warning read.
Anyone who witnessed the accident, has dashcam footage or has information about the driver’s whereabouts is asked to call police.
Police remain at the scene of the fatal accident along this stretch of Burwood Highway (pictured) in eastern Melbourne