A car involved in a hit-and-run that killed a cyclist on New Year's Eve in Darwin has been found abandoned, but Northern Territory said the search for the driver continues.
Police found the abandoned blue Toyota Aurion rental car on Tuesday afternoon in a unit complex in Fleming St in The Narrows.
"The car was secured and forensic examiners will be examining the vehicle today for further evidence," said Duty Superintendent Rob Farmer:
"At this stage we just have the vehicle, but investigations are ongoing and are being handled by the major crime squad."
Cyclist Jason McCormick, 46, was receiving help from a bystander after he fell off his bike in the middle of Winnellie Road just before 10pm on Saturday night when he was hit by the Toyota with two men inside.
Witnesses said the car briefly stopped a short way past the scene before driving on.
The victim died at the scene as a result of his injuries.
Officers have been searching for the driver and passenger of the car for four days.
On Monday afternoon, they tracked down the car in Nightcliff but the driver refused to get out and speak to officers, police said.
Instead, the driver drove towards an officer, swerved to avoid hitting them and almost hit a police car, before taking off and leading officers on a chase they soon abandoned because they deemed it too dangerous to remain in pursuit.
The car has a damaged front end and the bonnet sits ajar.
This is the second New Year's Eve in a row a person has been killed in a hit-and-run in Darwin.
Two weeks ago, 21-year-old Tasmanian man Angus Auton was sentenced to five years and seven months in jail for killing Kwementyaye Chaddum on Bagot Road on December 31, 2015.
The following day, 19-year-old Jarrod Sallis was hit by a car while cycling home from the Darwin CBD and was in an induced coma for several days.
The 2016 NT road toll reached 45.
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