A 4WD Hilux ute that killed Alex Theodore, 62, and Junior Saini, 49, when it allegedly ran a red light on Princes Highway following a series of police pursuits this morning was stolen from Mosman almost 24 hours earlier.
The ute was allegedly stolen about 6.30am yesterday but it only came to the attention of police at 4am, when the first of three police pursuits began.
Mr Theodore and Mr Saini were on their way to work at a printing firm when they were hit by the ute, allegedly driven by Raymond Lomas, 34.
The last of the three chases was called off 10 minutes before the ute hit the Hyundai Elantra at the intersection of Princes Hwy and Canal Rd, St Peters, just after 4.30am.
Acting assistant commissioner Michael Fitzgerald said a police car was parked at the intersection before the crash but was not involved in pursuing the stolen ute.