AUS: Oakleigh crash prompts Melbourne search for 'despicable' hit-and-run driver after woman left to die

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Oakleigh crash prompts Melbourne search for 'despicable' hit-and-run driver after woman left to die

Email Oakleigh crash prompts Melbourne search for 'despicable' hit-and-run driver after woman left to die

Updated October 10, 2017 09:01:12

The badly damaged car belonging to the dead woman on the back of a tow truck. Photo: The dead woman's badly damaged car is taken away on a tow truck this morning. (ABC News: James Oaten) Map: Oakleigh 3166

Police in Melbourne are hunting for the "despicable" driver of a stolen car who left a woman dead and fled the scene of a cra sh in Melbourne's south-east overnight.

The woman in her 50s was turning into Barkly Street in Oakleigh about 11:00pm when the stolen car crashed into her vehicle.

People who live in the area heard what police described as a "pretty big impact crash" and came out to help the woman, who initially survived.

Two cars involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash at Oakleigh. Photo: Police were still on the scene of the crash this morning as they search for the driver responsible. (ABC News: James Oaten)

One bystander went to speak to the other driver to see if he was OK.

"There was a response of, you know, just give me a minute," Detective Senior Sergeant Brad McArthur of Victoria Police s aid.

"That [bystander] was distracted [trying to save the woman's life] and that's when the driver of the stolen vehicle has run off along Warrigal Road.

"The fact the male driver has left the scene without making himself known or making any attempt to help the driver is absolutely despicable."

The man being sought over the crash is described as Caucasian, in his mid 20s to 30s, about 180cm tall, with distinctive fuzzy hair "like an afro" who was probably injured in the crash.

"He was an obese character with grey three-quarter length cargo shorts or board shorts with a black or grey T-shirt," Detective Senior Sergeant McArthur said.

Stolen car damaged in hit-and-run crash at Oakleigh. Photo: The car involved in the crash was stolen from Elwood in late September, police said. (ABC News)

"While nobody said they noticed him limping from the scene, I'd say that he'd be fairly sore and sorry for himself now.

"He'll probably seek help somewhere."

Police used the dog unit to try to find the man but had no luck.

The car used in the crash, a white Lexus, was stolen from Elwood on September 28 and had been seen in the Chadstone area earlier in the evening.

Police want to speak to anyone who saw the car or the crash.

Topics: road, accidents, disasters-and-accidents, crime, oakleigh-3166, melbourne-3000, vic

First posted October 10, 2017 07:49:54

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