The dead men – locally named Graham Taylor, 31, Carl Freeman, 26, and Dean Maguire, 29, died in the crash in Dublin, Ireland.
The trio – which had more than 200 convictions between them – fled kept in the vehicle minutes before the fatal collision on Wednesday night.
The Irish Mirror reports that sources claim the BMW 3 Series they were traveling in is suspected of having been involved in a number of break-ins in recent weeks.
Officers saw the car driving erratically in Dublin and a high speed chase ensued.
The car then drove down the freeway on the wrong side of the road in an attempt to evade the cops.
At this point, Gardai withdrew from the pursuit due to the danger posed by the gang’s road.
But a few minutes later, at around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, the car struck a truck in a head-on collision on the N7 near the Rathcoole exit in Dublin.
The driver of the truck, a man in his forties, was taken to Tallaght University Hospital where he is being treated for his serious but not life-threatening injuries.
The bodies of Taylor, Freeman and Maguire were so badly burned that a formal identification might not be made for a few days.
Irish Mirror sources said he could take dental records or DNA to identify the men.
All three were associated with a large gang of burglars based in Tallaght, Dublin, where they were from.
They would be known to regularly drive on the wrong side of the roads as they fled Gardai, in the hopes that the cops wouldn’t chase them.
But on this occasion, the brazen gesture cost them their lives.
A source said: “The men are well known to Gardai for having committed a significant number of break-ins on a regular basis.
“The decision to pull away from gardai on the wrong side of the road is something they’ve done before.
“And on previous occasions it worked for the gang to escape.
“But the sheer recklessness of it was demonstrated in this incident. They died as a result.
“But there is an innocent man who was just doing his job driving a truck with serious injuries. And there’s all the trauma of such an incident that comes with it too.
As the BMW car had been sued before the horror accident, Garda’s ombudsman was notified and they will conduct their own investigation.
As part of this and the garda investigation, images of the lawsuit posted on social media will be examined.
Drug addict Freeman was well known to Gardai and had over 60 convictions including theft, burglary, assault, and more.
He once attacked an elderly couple in Wicklow in 2015 and was later convicted of aggravated burglary.
In this case, he grabbed the 65-year-old woman, who was suffering from cancer, from her bed by the neck and demanded money from her. He also attacked her husband with a hurley – the wooden stick used in the Irish sport of hurling.
Thursday evening, his partner posted a tribute on social networks.
She wrote: “I can’t believe I’m writing this even with the heaviest heart, please just somebody slap me in the face it’s a nightmare, God doesn’t exist.
She added: “You were loved so much by everyone that you lost me, honestly I can’t believe it my Karl I love you in peace please please watch over me my love I will never forget you.
“My best friend and partner, I just can’t figure this out. “
Taylor, the oldest of the three men who died, has had more than 120 convictions, including a burglary, criminal damage, assault on a guard and a long series of traffic violations.
He had already been banned from driving for 40 years when he led Gardai in a chase in 2016.
That day, he accelerated to over 120 km / h in a 50 km / h zone during the incident and also drove on the wrong side of the road, forcing the cars to brake hard and attempt to pull over. dodge the hood.
Maguire, who had a record of more than 25 convictions, was also a convicted burglar.
Another source said, “These guys didn’t have a shred of respect for law enforcement or the law itself.
“They were all relatively young but each one has accumulated a lot of convictions.
“And despite getting caught multiple times, they were doing their time and going out and back. “
The Balaclavas had worked actively with the Tallaght-based main gang – whose main members have close ties to murdered Fat gangster Andy Connors and up to 80 associates operating with them.
Gangs are robbing homes across the country, staying in areas for short stays, and ransacking homes.
They are said to be so professional at what they do that they often get in and out of properties in less than five minutes.
They also use stolen cars – often from the UK – and regularly change license plates before throwing the vehicle away after several weeks.
Thursday evening, the friends paid tribute to the trio on social networks.
One of them said, “RIP guys, real legends. “
Another wrote that he would never forget Taylor and Freeman, whom he described as two “fools” and that it would be a different world without them.
Another said, “Rest in heaven boys. “
Autopsies were due to take place Thursday evening as Gardai requested information.