The wreck of the woman’s car after the horrifying crash. Picture: AAP Image/Dean Martin Source:News Corp Australia
The wreck of the woman’s car after the horrifying crash. Picture: AAP Image/Dean Martin Source:News Corp Australia

Woman left to die in horror hit and run

SHE was an innocent motorist, minding her own business as she travelled to work for the early shift on Sunday morning.

Driving in fine conditions from her inner-north home along one of the northern suburbs' main highways, she had just travelled through a green light when horror struck.

From nowhere, a stolen white Mistubishi Pajero 4WD hurtled through a red light at the Main North Rd intersection, Parafield, at 6.37am, as its two occupants tried to evade authorities at almost twice the speed limit.

The Mawson Lakes woman, 40, in her uniform stood no chance - her life snuffed in an instant inside her mangled red Nissan Micra, rammed more than 50m from the crash impact.

But in a decision that appalled and outraged senior police, the criminals did not stop to check on her welfare, instead jumping into the back of a stolen black 2015 Mazda 3 - part of a crime spree across Adelaide's suburbs.

As friends paid tribute online to a "beautiful soul", amid calls for the toughening of road laws, a major manhunt was underway for the Pajero's occupants, who fled the McIntyre and Kings roads intersection.

"It is totally unbelievable and disgraceful how they crashed into this car at high speed, jumped into another car, and left the ... woman there in (her) car," Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti, the officer in charge of Traffic Support Branch, said at the crash scene.

"When you look at the scene the (debris) is everywhere. The victim's vehicle has been pushed at least 50m.

"(She) was ... obviously minding her own business, and then this Pajero has just gone blasting through the intersection. It's a real tragic incident, the speed of that car was going unfortunately she would have had no chance."

He added: "It happened as a result of the irresponsible actions of these people who don't give any regard for other people's lives or they don't think about anyone and it is an absolute disgrace."

Two youths, both aged 17, and a teenager, 18, were arrested on Sunday but released later Sunday night without charge. An earlier report that they had been charged over the stolen black Mazda was came after an error by police media.

They are helping police with their inquiries.

Detectives from SA Police's specialised task force Operation Mandrake - along with colleagues from Elizabeth CIB and Major Crash - are investigating the latest youth crime spree, more than a decade after it was launched to tackle a group of serious repeat young offenders. More arrests were expected.

It is the third fatal accident involving stolen cars in the past 18 months - and the second major crash where youths were allegedly involved.

The state's victims of crime chief called for all three teen offenders to be tried as adults.

"The offenders - for whom I'm certain others have a more apt description - showed an utter disregard for innocent road users," said Commissioner for Victims Rights Michael O'Connell.

"(They are) disgusting, callous killers." - Michael O'Connel

"The crash did not result from a momentary error of judgment. (They are) disgusting, callous killers.

"Their crimes are so heinous they should in accord with the law be tried but also punished as adults."

He added: "They had a chance to be compassionate and respectful for the victim, which they gave up in their haste to escape. If imprisoning them for a long time is the only way to keep them off the road and others safe, then so be it."

Any youth put on trial in the District Court would be sentenced using guidelines for adult offenders under a proposed law overhaul.

The tragedy began in the early hours of Sunday at Grange, in the western suburbs, where the Pajero was stolen during a home invasion.

Police say it was then involved in another house break-in at Brahma Lodge, a few hours later, where the black Mazda was stolen.

The Mazda hatchback's owner told The Advertiser of his horror to learn his vehicle was involved in the fatal hit and run. "I was very saddened to hear that it was used as a getaway from a tragic accident," he said.

He said the offenders had smashed a window to break into his house while he was asleep between 1am-4am and also stole a laptop computer and shoes. Police spotted the gang in the two cars at Evandale, almost 20km south in the eastern suburbs, "speeding" in convoy at 6.25am.

Patrols gave chase but the pursuit was called off almost immediately because of the "dangerous driving" as the gang reached speeds of up to 110km/h in a 60km/h zone. The gang then travelled along Lower Portrush, Hampstead, Briens, Bridge, Kesters, Main North and Kings roads between 6.25am and 6.37am.

The almost 16km journey takes an average motorist at least 21 minutes. Police urged any motorists with dashcam recorders travelling along those road to contact investigators.

How the tragedy unfolded
■ A white Mitsubishi Pajero was stolen from a Grange address.
■ The car was used at a break-in at a house in Brahma Lodge in the early hours of Sunday morning. where it is believed a Black Mazda 3 was stolen.
■ Police spotted the Mitsubishi and Mazda speeding in convoy through Marden shortly before 6.30am. There was a short pursuit that was terminated almost immediately because of the dangerous driving of the two stolen vehicles. The cars were travelling at 110km/h.
■ At about 6.37am the Mitsubishi is believed to have driven at high speed along McIntyre Rd through a red light at the intersection of Main North Rd.
■ The black Mazda was found dumped at Paralowie late Sunday morning.
■ Police attended a Paralowie address and arrested an 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, both from Paralowie, and a 17-year-old boy from Davoren Park. They were later released without charge.
 

Source:The Advertiser
Source:The Advertiser

1 - The Mitsubishi, going through a red light, collided with a red Nissan Micra, crushing the driver's side of the vehicle. The cars then knocked over traffic signals before coming to rest along Main North Rd.
2 - The driver of the Micra, a 40-year-old woman from Mawson Lakes, was killed in
the crash.
3 - The occupants of the Mitsubishi immediately left the vehicle, and got into the Mazda before leaving the scene. They did not check on the condition of the woman in the Micra.

Out-of-control hoons

NICOLE TUCKER
The mother of two, 48, was killed when her car was hit by a stolen ute in which teenagers had led police on a pursuit while travelling at 160km/h along the Southern Expressway at Bedford Park in October last year. The ute was driven by a boy, then 15, who pleaded guilty to killing Mrs Tucker by dangerous driving. He was already on bail and serving a suspended sentence. He could be released from custody by the end of the year.

ETHEL BOYCE
A driver in a high-speed chase crashed into another vehicle, killing Ethel Boyce in October last year at the intersection of Philip Highway and Blake Rd. Ms Boyce, 74, was returning home from a church meeting at the time of the smash at Elizabeth South. Timothy Wagner, 23, of Elizabeth South, was arrested over the crash and charged with causing death by dangerous driving and driving while unlicensed. Wagner has yet to plead to his charges.

SOUTHERN EXPRESSWAY HOONS
Teenagers in a stolen luxury car that led police on a high-speed chase knew the driver injured by a horror freeway crash and left him behind. On December 5, 2015, three boys and two girls in a stolen $114,000 Mercedes led police on a chase during which another car, a white Barina, crashed on the Southern Expressway. The driver of that car remains in hospital in a coma, with part of his skull embedded in his brain. The group received various detention orders.

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