Hit-run driver eludes NT police

Hit-run driver eludes NT police

POLICE late yesterday were forced to abandon a dangerous high-speed chase of a blue Toyota Aurion believed to be involved in the fatal hit-and-run death of Jason McCormick on New Year’s Eve.

Six more detectives and scores of traffic police were tasked with tracking down the car yesterday, which Police have learnt was a rental and was due to be returned on New Year’s Eve.

The woman under whose name the car was rented left the Territory for South Australia before Christmas, and has spoken with NT Police. She had handed the car on to an associate. Major Crime Squad officer-in-charge Det Acting Snr Sgt Tony Henrys said police were scouring virtually every carpark and dozens of known dumping spots around Darwin.

“Everywhere we know where people dump cars we will be going today,” he said.

“We’ve identified a number of outlets with CCTV and at the moment we’re going through that CCTV.

“There are two people out there who are aware they are responsible for this man’s unnecessary death. They need to hand themselves in before we find them. I just believe these people weren’t concentrating on the road, were travelling at speed and they couldn’t avoid the crash because of the way they were driving ... I don’t believe they were out to run anyone over.”

Acting Snr Sgt Henrys said police were keen to speak to a group of women who tried to enter the Winnellie Hotel around 9.50pm, and who may be able to help police.

Mr McCormick’s brother Troy is due to arrive in Darwin tomorrow to help pack up his brother’s belongings.

An autopsy is due to take place today and Mr McCormick’s family plan to take his ashes back to his hometown of Kyabram, Victoria.

A friend, who asked not to be named, said Mr McCormick was a regular at the Winnellie Hotel, and always rode his bike the three blocks home to the industrial shed where he lived.

“(Saturday) night was no exception,” the friend said.

Around the country, Mr McCormick’s wide net of friends continue to come to grips with his sudden death.

Many have remembered Mr McCormick as a “genuine bloke”, and his death has been felt as far afield as Victoria and MacKay, Queensland, where he won four local AFL premierships with the Bakers Creek Tigers in the early 1990s.

Original Article www.ntnews.com.au

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