A Woolworths delivery driver, making the rounds through the northern suburbs of South Australia, has died after a stolen car slammed into the back of his truck, sending the vehicle crashing into a tree.
Jatinder Singh Brar, 25, died at the scene while the woman behind the wheel of the stolen car sped away.
The white Ford Territory was stolen from a house in Golden Grove on the night of December 28.
The vehicle has been associated with a crime spree across Adelaide over the 24 hours before the crash, with police investigating a series of “very serious offences”.
Detectives from the South Australian Police’s northern districts spotted the car speeding south along Port Wakefield Rd at Cavan at 11.45am on Friday.
The officers engaged in a brief pursuit but terminated the chase because of the speed of the driver.
As the police helicopter prepared to take off, police received reports of the Ford Territory slamming into a Woolworths delivery truck on Kings Rd, only 200m from the intersection with Cross Keys Rd.
Just before midday the truck ran off the road and into a tree, spinning around with the force of the crash.
Mr Brar, who was behind the wheel at the time, died instantly.
The stolen car sped away despite serious damage to the front of the car and was spotted on the Port River Expressway.
The police air helicopter monitored the vehicle from the air and watched as the female driver pulled the car over in Taperoo and walked away.
Police swooped and she was taken into custody without further incident.
The 25-year-old woman is being questioned and is likely to be charged with serious theft and driving offences later on Friday evening.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Noel Bamford said the crash was “a very sad and tragic loss and is totally unnecessary”.
“(The crash was) totally irresponsible, nobody deserves to die on the road particularly when they were acting as responsibly as the truck driver was,” Mr Bamford said.
“He was just going about his business and this is very tragic and unfortunate.”
A Woolworths spokeswoman said the company was devastated by the death of the driver.
“We are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts are with the family of our driver and fellow team members,” she said.
“We will be providing our full support and assistance to all involved at this difficult time.”
Kings Rd has been closed for several hours as Major Crash investigators examine the scene. Police detectives and Metropolitan Fire Service crews and also in attendance.
Evidence markers have been placed along the road as investigators use GPS technology to map the scene.