A man has been charged with manslaughter after he allegedly stole a Ferrari and crashed into a metal barrier while fleeing from police in Perth, killing his female passenger.
The luxury sportscar crashed and erupted in flames near the intersection of Vincent Street and Charles Street in North Perth yesterday, 100 metres away from where it had been spotted by officers seconds earlier.
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One Dead, One Injured as Stolen Ferrari Bursts Into Flames Following Crash
Police said the vehicle had been reported stolen from outside a cafe in West Perth about an hour beforehand.
Major Crash Investigators have charged the alleged driver — a 38-year-old man from Karrinyup — with manslaughter, stealing a motor vehicle and no authority to drive.
The spokesperson said that law enforcement attempted to approach the stolen vehicle after spotting it on Vincent Street, but the car accelerated and crashed approximately 100 metres away before bursting into flames.
He was refused bail and was due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court via bedside hearing from hospital.
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“The man remains in hospital being treated for burn injuries he received in the crash,” a WA Police spokesman said.
Police said while the woman had not yet been formally identified, her family had been told of the incident.
“I thought they were gone. I thought they were dead for sure. Because it was instant — it was so big, the whole thing was engulfed,” Ms Di Lello said.
“It was the scariest thing wed ever seen and having it running through your mind, thinking is anybody else caught up in it … its just the scariest thing to think about,” Max said.
WA Police Inspector Dave Brierley said it was unclear what exactly caused the death, as the matter is subject to an inquiry.
“Attempts were made from car fire extinguishers which were unsuccessful … it burned quite quickly and police were unable to get one of the people out of the car,” he said.
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One person has died after a luxury Ferrari burst into flames after it was stolen from outside a café.
About an hour later, police officers on patrol spotted the car parked on Vincent Street, North Perth, and decided to approach the alleged thieves.