The 25-year-old motorcyclist died at Canberra Hospital after crashing on Canberra Avenue on Monday morning. Photo: John-Paul Moloney
A man killed after crashing a stolen motorcycle on Canberra Avenue on Monday morning was wanted by police for motor vehicle theft.
Benjamin Hausia, 25, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest over a number of offences, including motor vehicle theft and burglary.
Hausia became the fourth road fatality on the territory's roads for the year when he lost control of his motorcycle just outside St Christopher's Cathedral in Manuka.
Police believe he was heading along Canberra Avenue towards State Circle when he clipped the curb and struck a traffic light and then a tree about 1.05am.
He was riding a BMW F650 without registration plates and appeared to have been carrying a spare tyre and a backpack.
The visor from his helmet was on the road and appeared to have been dislodged in the impact with the traffic light pole.
The sound of the collision was loud enough to alert ACT Policing officers who were attending an unrelated matter several hundred metres away.
Police are working to establish what caused the rider to lose control.
They confirmed the bike he was riding had been reported stolen earlier this year. It is unclear if the deceased is suspected of the theft.
Hausia had nine outstanding charges before the courts, dating back to 2012.
He was due to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday on six charges, including driving offences and possession of the drug ice.
The court also issued a warrant for his arrest last month so he could be charged with burglary,
theft, and motor vehicle theft. Hausia's death came three days after another man died when his car hit a tree in Duffy. Traffic operations officer Sergeant Rod Anderson said investigations into that crash on Friday were continuing. ''It is yet to be determined if the elderly male suffered a medical condition which contributed to the collision.''
The victim of a second major crash in Canberra on Monday morning was listed as being in a stable condition late on Monday afternoon. A Honda Jazz crashed into a tree on the Monaro Highway near Hume about 3.40am.
Firefighters had to cut the 35-year-old driver from the car. He was taken hospital in a serious condition with multiple injuries.