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31 January 2017, 12:07 | Updated: 31 January 2017, 12:08
A woman died and her passenger was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash.
Two men in a black Volkswagen Golf fled the scene after the head-on crash with a red Nissan Pulsar on the A77 near the Holmston roundabout, Ayr, at around 9.30pm on Monday.
A number of motorists stopped to help and called emergency services, but the 59-year-old driver of the Nissan died at the scene.
A 39-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car was taken to Ayr Hospital for treatment, and medical staff say she is in a stable condition.
Before police arrived, it is thought the men who had been in the Golf left the area in a silver Audi A3 that had also been on the A77 at the time of the crash.
The Golf was so badly damaged in the crash that police believe the men may have been injured.
Officers want to find out where the cars had been earlier and "the way they were being driven''.
Sergeant Kevin Blackley said: "From witnesses, the two men in the VW Golf got out of the car and jumped into a silver Audi A3 that had been in the vicinity at the time of crash.
"The VW Golf was un-driveable and recovered at the scene. Due to the extent of the damage to the car, it is possible that either one, or both, of the occupants could have been injured by the impact of the crash.
"A number of people came to the aid of the two women in the car and called the emergency services, however we still would like to hear from anyone who was on the A77 around the time of the crash and who saw it happen.
"We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the cars - all three - prior to the crash and who can provide information about the way they were being driven at the time - this can be either on the A77 or on the nearby roads.
"Anyone with information that may assist our investigation should contact the Divisional Road Policing Unit at Irvine through the 101, number or anonymously through Crimestoppers.''