22 Jan 2017

Baby's death brings Melbourne crash toll to 5

6:48 am on 22 January 2017

A three-month-old baby boy has died following the deadly car rampage that took place in Melbourne's CBD on Friday, bringing the death toll of the attack to five.

Police in Melbourne have arrested a man after a car hit pedestrians in the city centre, killing three people and injuring at least 20.

The car, pictured, was driven down the pedestrian mall after circling an intersection erratically. Photo: Twitter / @danielbowen

The baby died in hospital on Saturday night, a statement from police said.

It is believed police were in pursuit of a vehicle in the city on Friday when the driver, suspected to be 26-year-old Dimitrious Gargasoulas, drove erratically around an intersection before speeding down a footpath on Bourke Street and crashing into pedestrians.

Those who died included 10-year-old girl Thalia Hakin, a 25-year-old man, a 33-year-old man, a 32-year-old woman and the three-month-old baby boy who passed away last night.

Hospitals treated 37 other people who were injured during the incident, and four victims remain in critical condition.

Witnesses said there was "no hesitation" as the suspect drove the car into pedestrians, sending "people flying like skittles" and running for their lives.

The suspect remains in hospital under police guard, and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police were hoping to interview him and charge him later in the weekend.

"Surgery is still occurring. We still haven't been able to be in a position to interview and charge that offender [but] that's still our intention," Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said on Saturday.

"Through the course of the weekend we will be looking to try and get that opportunity to step in and interview and charge that offender."

It is understood police unsuccessfully attempted to stop him multiple times during the rampage.

Some members of Victoria Police hit out at the no-pursuit policy, which aims to avoid police chases that could force suspects to drive dangerously, with one veteran police officer saying the policy was a "disgrace".

"There was ample opportunity to stop him in the two hours before he reached the city, but the order was not to pursue," the officer said.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Saturday a memorial would be set up outside the GPO building in Bourke Street Mall to honour the victims.

"We all need to come together and show our support for victims and family and for everybody who was caught up in this terrible, evil criminal act," he said.

Mr Andrews urged Victorians to lay flowers and spend a moment of contemplation at the site.

"We all need to come together and show our support for victims and family and for everybody who was caught up in this terrible, evil criminal act," he said.

Bourke Street was re-opened on Saturday morning, after having been cordoned off for most of Friday as police continued their investigations into the incident.

- ABC

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