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Police Hunt For Melbourne Hit-Run Driver

The "despicable" driver of a stolen car who hit a cyclist and left her to die on a Melbourne street is on the run from police.

The woman, believed to be in her 20s, died after the stolen white Mercedes Benz sedan hit her as it cut into the Chapel Street bike lane in South Yarra about 10am on Sunday.

The driver ran away from bystanders who had helped him from the car.

"His first thought was to run. It wasn't to help, it wasn't to stop, it wasn't to think about the poor person he's hit," Inspector Stuart McGregor told reporters on Sunday, describing the man as "despicable".

The car is also believed to have hit several parked cars and another moving vehicle in the incident.

The vehicle was stolen during an aggravated burglary at Elsternwick on August 5.

Police are still working to contact the dead woman's family.

"The driver of the white Mercedes decided he was going to cut through on the left-hand side of the other vehicles and at the same time he's collided with her and pushed her up against another car," Insp McGregor said.

Police have released an image of a mustachioed-man, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, who was seen wearing black shoes and clothes and Adidas branded tracksuit pants, who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

"This is not going to go away ... we will not stop, we do not stop. We will arrest you," Insp McGregor said. 

"You're going to go to court; you're going to look a lot better if you come to us."


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