Police are at the scene of a Mitcham hit-run. Picture: Channel 9
Police are at the scene of a Mitcham hit-run. Picture: Channel 9

Hit-and-run victim loses his fight

A MOTORCYCLIST left for dead in a shocking hit-run crash involving a stolen BMW in Mitcham yesterday has died.

A gang suspected of being involved in the hit-run and an aggravated burglary remain on the run.

Scoresby residents have told of their terror after the gang broke into homes and cars in the suburb yesterday afternoon.

Police believe it is the same youths that were in a BMW which hit a motorcycle in Mitcham, killing the 33-year-old male rider, who today lost his fight for life in hospital.

The group is on the run after the hit-run at the Glenburnie Rd and Orient Avenue intersection, which reportedly caused the motorcycle to burst into flames - occurred about 4.15pm.

Police said the stolen X5 BMW did not stop and "fled the scene". It was later found dumped on EastLink at Scoresby.

A motorcycle belonging to the victim of a hit-run. Picture: Mark Stewart
A motorcycle belonging to the victim of a hit-run. Picture: Mark Stewart

Parents have told how they feared for their daughter after discovering armed car thief thugs had prowled through their Scoresby home.

The youths used a crow bar and hedge trimmers to bend and rip open Kerryn and John's security door to get into their home.

"You don't think it can happen to you," Kerryn said.

"I am sickened by this ... but we're the lucky ones, really, and I just can't imagine how the family of that motorcyclist is feeling.

"They are ruthless."

The couple was working at the back of the Haideh Place property while their 21-year-old daughter was in her room.

Kerryn said she walked out the front of the home and froze in panic when she noticed the damaged door.

"As a mum, your first thought is your children," Kerryn said.

"I just crawled through the door and screamed out to my husband and called the police, I had no idea whether there was someone in the house, in my daughter's room."

The offenders had already fled in the couple's car after pinching the keys from a table near their front door.

A Toyota sedan matching the stolen car was found burnt out in Narre Warren overnight.

CCTV cameras positioned just metres from where the thugs dumped the car could provide vital clues.

The Toyota stolen from a family after the hit-run was found in a residential street where numerous houses are fitted with security cameras.

Skid marks on the long, windy road show signs of hoon activity.

Scoresby resident Sue fended off attackers at her door. Picture: Mark Stewart
Scoresby resident Sue fended off attackers at her door. Picture: Mark Stewart


Another Scoresby resident Sue held the door closed to stop the gang breaking into her Scoresby home.

The mum said she ran to the door after hearing her neighbour yell out.

"I was holding the door shut and screaming as they tried to get in," she said.

The motorcyclist was taken to hospital in a critical condition. Picture: Channel 9
The motorcyclist was taken to hospital in a critical condition. Picture: Channel 9

"My hand is bruised from holding the door ... I don't know where it came from. As a mum I just had to make sure they couldn't get in.

"I made as much noise as possible and they took off down the street."

Sue said she had spotted three men in hoodies fleeing her home while her neighbour believed he had seen as many as five.

"They broke the lock trying to kick the door down," she said.

Police say the BMW did not stop and “fled the scene”. Picture: Channel 9
Police say the BMW did not stop and “fled the scene”. Picture: Channel 9

Bob, another Haideh Place resident, said the whole street ran into their front yards when they heard the noise.

"It looks like they've jumped over the fence at EastLink, run through the nature strip and then jumped over into our street looking for a car," he said.

"The first home they landed on had no cars in the driveway so they tried for the neighbours and didn't have any luck."

The Mitcham collision is the second hit-run in Melbourne's suburbs in the space of four days.

Accounts from witnesses and, potentially, CCTV will form, part of their examination of how the smash happened.

A BMW believed to have been used in a hit-run in Mitcham is loaded onto a trailer. Picture: Mark Stewart
A BMW believed to have been used in a hit-run in Mitcham is loaded onto a trailer. Picture: Mark Stewart

Forensic teams were also called to the scenes on EastLink and Haideh Place to assist detectives trying to work out the identities of those responsible.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are keen to speak to any witnesses that may have seen the black X5 BMW in the Mitcham or Scoresby areas.

Anyone with information or anyone with dash cam footage is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit an anonymous report at crimestoppersvic.com.au

mark.buttler@news.com.au

A BMW believed to have been used in a hit-run in Mitcham is removed from EastLink. Picture: Mark Stewart
A BMW believed to have been used in a hit-run in Mitcham is removed from EastLink. Picture: Mark Stewart
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