UPDATED 11:10 am – Police are searching for a third car after a 20-year-old man was killed in a head-on collision on Hindmarsh Drive overnight (19 May).
Acting Roads Policing detective acting inspector Paul Hutchenson said the man was driving home from work when the crash occurred.
“He was not driving in any dangerous manner,” he said.
“[The other] vehicle was driving at high speed on the wrong side of the road.”
The female driver of that vehicle has not yet been formally identified and remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Police received reports two cars were speeding in the area, heading east, minutes before the crash.
“We believe a third vehicle was involved and left the scene without providing any assistance,” Act Insp Hutchenson said.
No descriptions of any of the vehicles was available at this stage, but police have started checking CCTV footage around the area to determine further lines of inquiry.
In the meantime, Act Insp Hutchenson urged anyone with information to step forward.
“If anyone is protecting that person or persons [from the third car], you need to have a serious think,” he said.
“[This crash] certainly didn’t need to happen, it was very avoidable.
“A life has been lost and a life is hanging in the balance.”
Anyone with dashcam footage or information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be provided anonymously.
The ACT’s road fatality toll for 2022 now stands at seven.
7:30 am – One person has died following a head-on collision in O’Malley overnight.
Police said they responded to the incident at about 10:55 pm (Thursday, 19 May) on Hindmarsh Drive.
Two people were taken to hospital with critical injuries, with one passing away overnight.
The westbound lanes of Hindmarsh Drive were closed for several hours, but traffic conditions have returned to normal.
Police have begun an investigation into the collision, with officers seeking anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward.
Anyone who has dash-cam footage of the crash, captured any vehicle driving in an unusual manner in the area around the time of the collision or with any information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Quote reference number P2075137.
More to come.