- Police slam driver for running from scene of crash
- Cops say he left female passenger to die
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A driver has been slammed after allegedly running from the scene of a crash and leaving his female passenger to die in the front seat of a rental truck.
The male driver, 32, allegedly lost control of the truck and crashed into a pole in Melbourne’s southeast just before 3am on Monday.
He was spotted allegedly running away from the scene, but a 47-year-old woman was left behind fighting for life with catastrophic injuries, and paramedics were unable to save her.
The police canine unit found the male driver hiding in a bush a kilometre away from the scene of the crash.
Locals on Jackson Road in Noble Park North were awoken by the deafening bang of the crash.
‘I went out, I heard screaming and I found a lady in the car, trapped,’ neighbour Rob Ridgley told 7News.
Police have slammed a driver accused of running from the scene of a crash and leaving his female passenger to die in the front seat
Victoria Police detective-sergeant Stephen Hill said he could not understand how someone could leave another person for dead.
‘These two people obviously know each other, and he’s made the callous choice of just letting his passenger die,’ Hill said.
The truck was full of household items, but it is not known if they belonged to the couple.
There were no skid marks on the road, and the police say there is no evidence the driver tried to use emergency brakes before the truck went off the road and hit a pole.
The man remains in police custody but is yet to be charged.