| 02.06,09. 10:17 AM |
Four flee Sydney Silver Service taxi smash
June 02, 2009 06:10am
ONE man aged 20 is dead and another injured seriously after a sickening crash in Punchbowl today as police tried to calm distraught relatives and friends.
The accident, between a stolen Silver Service taxi and a sedan, happened at the intersection of Punchbowl Road and King Georges Road just after 1am.
Police believe that the taxi was travelling east on Punchbowl Road when it ran a red light, which caused it to clip a silver Nissan heading north on King Georges Road.
The sedan's passenger died on impact while the badly injured driver freed himself from the wreckage and was rushed to Liverpool Hospital with serious head injuries.
Sergeant Scott Rendell from the Campsie Local Area Command said that as many as four people were believed to have fled the taxi immediately after the crash and taken off into nearby Parry Park.
The dog squad arrived shortly before 2am and have been searching the park for any trace of the taxi's driver or passengers.
More than two dozen distraught friends and relatives watched from the side of the road as investigations into the accident unfolded and some attempted to push past police in a desperate bid to view the blanket-covered body.
Officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit also attended the scene.
Debris from a traffic light knocked down in the accident remains strewn across Punchbowl Road and diversions will be in place today.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.