Stolen car linked to fatal truck crash in Adelaide’s Salisbury South
A truck driver has died after an allegedly stolen car crashed into the vehicle in Salisbury South. (ABC News)
A stolen car which crashed into a Woolworths truck in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs, killing the truck driver, was earlier involved in a police chase, SA Police has revealed.
- A stolen Ford territory allegedly crashed into a truck in Adelaide’s Salisbury South before leaving the scene
- The car was involved in a police car chase earlier in the morning
- The 25-year-old male driving the truck died at the scene
SA Police acting deputy commissioner Noel Bamford said police received reports of a truck crash in Salisbury South just before midday.
Earlier, around 11:45am, police saw the car, a white Ford Territory travelling at high speed, and engaged in a short pursuit which was terminated “in a matter of seconds”.
“The Ford Territory was travelling at high speed. The CIB car saw it and realised that it was just no hope of catching it so they stopped and let it go,” Mr Bamford said.
Police received reports of the crash, which happened about 200 metres west of the intersection of Kings Road and Cross Keys Road, 10 minutes later.
The truck driver, a 25-year-old man, died at the scene.
The car, driven by a 24-year-old woman, allegedly left the scene without stopping, before it was spotted “with significant front-end damage” travelling west on the Port River Expressway.
The stolen white Ford Territory which was allegedly involved in a fatal crash in Salisbury South. (Supplied: SA Police)
“PolAir was called in to maintain observations of the vehicle as it continued to travel west to Port Adelaide,” Mr Bamford said.
“PolAir saw the vehicle stop in a street in Taperoo where the female driver left the car and walked away. She was arrested nearby without any further incident.”
The woman was being interviewed by police. Charges were yet to be laid.
Victim named as young Woolworths worker
The victim of the crash has been named as Jatinder Brar, a young truck driver for Woolworths.
A Woolworths spokesman said the company is, “deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts are with the family of our driver and fellow team members”.
“We will be providing our full support and assistance to all involved at this difficult time.”
Major Crash Investigators were still investigating the circumstances of how the crash occurred, and called for dashcam or CCTV footage of the vehicle.
Mr Bamford said police were also, “investigating a series of offences that have been linked to this car which have occurred over the past 24 hours”.
Car involved stolen from Golden Grove
The white Territory had been reported stolen from a Golden Grove address on December 28 and had since been involved in a number of “serious criminal offences”.
Police do not believe there were others in the car at the time of the crash, but think others were involved in recent offending using the car.
“We’re very interested to hear from any member of the public that have seen that car driving around,” Mr Bamford said.
“We have reason to believe that there were other people involved in it … Unfortunately I can’t give you the details of that at the moment.
“But the matters are quite serious and we’re very keen to speak to all the occupants of that vehicle.”
Kings Road was closed in both directions between Cross Keys Road and Salisbury Highway and was expected to remain so for several hours, but police were facilitating access from the nearby Parafield Railway Station.
Crash location nearby previous fatal incident
Mr Bamford said today’s crash was “not the first time” an innocent road user’s life had “tragically” been taken.
Anglicare nurse Lucy Paveley died on impact after her car was struck by a four-wheel-drive on August 21, 2017. (Supplied: family)
The crash happened nearby to where mother-of-two Lucy Paveley was killed by a stolen car in 2017.
“It’s a very sad and tragic loss, and it was totally unnecessary,” Mr Bamford said.
“This is clearly not the first time we’ve had serious accidents involving criminal offences.
“And I’m minded to think about the fact that Kings Road is the same road where, tragically, another high-speed collision occurred involving a stolen car back in 2017.
The man’s death takes the states road toll to two, compared to 0 at the same time last year.