A repeat offender, with a known history of violent behaviour, mental illness and drug-taking; freed yet again on bail and allowed to retain the right to drive a 2-tonne weapon. Having stabbed his brother, who remains in an induced coma, and kidnapped his girlfriend who he then threw from the moving vehicle. This piece of crap spent the day drinking and driving dangerously throughout Melbourne before deliberately plowing into the pedestrian mall.
The following day Victorian police confirmed the injured three-month-old baby boy had died in hospital. His pram could be seen lying on the road amid the carnage on Friday afternoon, when a driver ploughed into pedestrians on Bourke Street mall.
The 3-month-old joins a 10-year-old girl, a 25-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman who all died at the scene, while a 33-year-old man died in hospital on Friday night.
Police said 37 other people had been treated for injuries in the attack, including four who remain in a critical condition.
At this stage it is feared the death-toll will rise. The driver is yet to be interviewed due to undergoing surgery on his arm, injured by gunshot as the police fired upon him to stop his rampage.
Far too often now we're seeing people using cars as weapons against pedestrians and cyclists. We've seen three terrorist attacks in as many months, but disturbingly we're seeing average, motorist-next-door types ramming people with cars, using them to push cyclists into traffic, being used to push cyclists off "their" roads, without universal condemnation. And now this.
This behaviour of violent might-is-right entitlement coupled with revenge for real or imagined slights has to lead to an automatic loss of licence, and in the extreme case of the Melbourne driver who has killed or injured almost 40 completely innocent humans, well, I wouldn't have been aiming at his arm.
We don't need him in the gene pool; and we don't need violent and aggressive drivers behind the wheel on our roads.