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.
Victoria Police made the claim on Monday amid the ongoing search for the moustached man who ran from the fatal scene on Sunday.
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.
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 on Monday.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
At the time of the crash, he was wearing black shoes, dark clothes and tracksuit pants with an Adidas logo.