A MAN has been killed after the car he was driving was ripped in half in a horror crash following a brief police pursuit in Sydney’s west overnight.
The 35-year-old man allegedly failed to stop for police at an RBT site on the Great Western Highway at Lapstone just after 10pm on Saturday.
Officers gave chase and started pursuing the man’s black Mitsubishi Magna through nearby streets but were forced to pull back after only a few minutes due to safety reasons.
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A short time later, the man drove back onto the highway where his Magna left the road and smashed into a tree.
The force of the impact was so great, the man’s car split in two, with one half coming to rest against the tree.
The front end of the vehicle was sent hurtling across three lanes of traffic before coming to a stop on the other side of the highway.
A critical incident investigation is underway after a fatal crash, following a police pursuit at Lapstone. The pursuit was terminated before the vehicle left the road and crashed into a tree on the M4 at Leonay. #7News pic.twitter.com/ZovXMewuvg
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) December 9, 2017
An off-duty nurse who was passing by at the time of the accident stopped to help paramedics treat the man at the scene before he was rushed to Nepean Hospital.
Sadly, his injuries were too severe and the man was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Speaking to reporters, Assistant Commissioner Mark Jones said the scene of the crash was “tragic”.
“It’s a tragic incident,” he said. “It’s a very sad event, something of course police hate at any given time and particularly in this Christmas period.”
“Given we’re approaching the Christmas period, we recommend that all drivers drive according to the road rules.
“If you have an indication from police to stop, please stop.
“Police will discuss matters with you and we’ll all get home safely.”
A critical incident team will investigate the circumstances surrounding the pursuit and subsequent crash.
That investigation will be subject to independent review and all information will be provided to the Coroner.
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) December 9, 2017