Karrinyup man facing manslaughter over Ferrari crash

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A KARRINYUP man is facing a manslaughter charge over a fiery crash that killed a 40-year-old woman on Saturday.

Police allege the 38-year-old man was trying to evade police in a stolen Ferrari when it crashed and burst into flames in North Perth about 11.30am.

The car was believed stolen from outside a West Perth cafe at 10.20am and officers later saw it stopped on Vincent Street.

According to police, they approached the car to speak to the driver and passenger but it sped off and crashed about 100m away near the corner of Charles Street, then caught fire.

The woman was a passenger in the car and died at the scene and the man was taken to hospital with burn injuries.

A passerby who saw the crash said they saw the Ferrari take off from the lights, lose control and mount the kerb, immediately exploding.

They said the fire erupted instantly, followed by smaller explosions, in the shocking incident.

There was chaos as other vehicles tried to move out of the way and people ran, with the passerby saying it had been lucky there was no one else on the crash side of the road.

The man was charged with manslaughter, stealing a motor vehicle and no authority to drive.

He was refused bail and faced a bedside hearing from hospital on Sunday.

He is due to face court again on June 4.

Anyone with information regarding the crash or who saw the Ferrari involved prior to the crash should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report information online.