Driver dies in fiery crash moments after doing burnout in front of police

| 31.07,19. 01:29 AM |

Driver dies in fiery crash moments after doing burnout in front of police

He died at the scene. (Supplied)

The burnt-out car. (9News)

The brother of a young South Australian man killed in a fiery crash as he tried to evade police, says a stupid decision cut his sibling's life short.

Dale Wilson, 24, was killed yesterday afternoon when he lost control of a commodore sedan near Normanville and slammed into a tree.

Today his brother Matt visited the crash site to pay tribute.

"(He was) taken too soon by a stupid decision, he had so much talent, he was an absolutely gun footy player, he loved his life he just never got a chance," Matt said.

Police say shortly before the crash a patrol tried to intercept the unregistered vehicle, but the driver took off.

Officers followed the vehicle with the driver doing a burnout before speeding away again.

They say it was at that point the chase was terminated, with the flaming wreckage discovered minutes later.

"To see a vehicle on fire in that way, you know it's incredibly challenging for the people who have to deal with it," SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said.

"The driving behaviour was quite erratic, so whilst one tragic loss of life is devastating, the circumstances could have led to more loss of life."

An internal police investigation has now been launched into the crash and the moments leading up to it.


The whole purpose of the enquiry is to examine the actions of Police and the driver involved in the collision," the Commissioner added.

"We'll make a determination as to what transpired and whether the decision making was appropriate but early indications are the actions were warranted."

Mr Wilson's brother says he believes his brother panicked.

"He would have been scared, he would have been scared of going to jail or getting done unregistered or whatever the case would have been," Matt said.

"I know my brother that well that he would have been scared and he would (have) run."

"Pull over and take the punishment ... if he had of pulled over, it would have saved his life."


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