CBD arrest over Melbourne fatal hit-run
Posted on 09/13/18 6:52 PM
A woman places a floral tribute at the scene where a Dutch cyclist was killed in South Yarra.A homeless man has been arrested in Melbourne’s CBD over a hit-run in Melbourne, in which a Dutch woman was left to die on the road.
Police arrested the 26-year-old man on Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD at 5.30pm on Monday, just hours after Inspector Stuart McGregor told reporters they had narrowed the suspects to four people.
A member of the public recognised the man from images released by police and he is being interviewed.
The arrest comes more than day after a 27-year-old woman riding her bike in South Yarra was killed when she was hit by a stolen Mercedes-Benz.
The victim, who police are yet to name, was living in Melbourne on a working visa and had relatives in Australia.
Her relatives are on their way to Melbourne from the Netherlands.
Her bike was pinned between two cars after the stolen saloon tore along a Chapel Street bike lane on Sunday.
Police Inspector Stuart McGregor labelled as “deplorable” the actions of the driver who was quick to run from the crash scene.
The white Mercedes was stolen during a burglary at Elsternwick on August 5 and the driver might have been on drugs at the time of the crash.
“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,” Insp McGregor told Melbourne radio 3AW.
“It’s something that you could understand would result in a collision like this – ridiculous, stupid, high-risk type driving.”
Family in the Netherlands were told of the death by INTERPOL, working with Victoria Police.
“On behalf of the family we want to thank the community for their outpouring of emotions. It is horrendous, it is horrific,” Insp McGregor said.
“We also ask they are given this time to grieve, that the whole family is given the time to come here to Melbourne so that they can get together, grieve together.
“We are working with the family and the people who have been with her. There are people interstate that are making their way down here.”
The woman had been in Australia for “an extended period, a holiday of a lifetime”.