Police are hunting for the driver of a car believed to be involved in a hit-and-run that left a homeless Melbourne man dead.
Police said the man was crossing St Helena Road, near the intersection of Wallowa Road at St Helena, when he was hit by a car just before 2.50am on Tuesday.
The driver of the vehicle left the scene without stopping to help.
“I would say that given the man’s injuries, they would have known they’ve struck something,” Detective Inspector Roger Schranz, from the Major Collision Investigation Unit, told 3aw.
A truck driver found the remains of the man on the road.
Due to the extent of his injuries, police believe he would have been killed instantly.
“The truck driver noticed something lying on the southbound lane. He thought initially it may have been a dead kangaroo. As he got closer he observed a man lying there,” Detective Inspector Schranz said.
Investigators have released grainy footage of what is believed to be an SUV in the area at the time of the collision in the hope the pictures will encourage witnesses to come forward.
Inspector Schranz said the driver involved should approach police as it was only a matter of time before detectives came knocking.
“I’d encourage that person to come forward or certainly the people that own that vehicle to make themselves known to police,” he said.
It comes after a Melbourne father was mowed down and killed in a hit-and-run in Carrum Downs, in Melbourne’s south.
Police on Thursday arrested the man suspected of driving at 44-year-old father Timmy Rakei, who was killed instantly, and his colleague, who was left with life-changing injuries.
The 30-year-old was arrested at a property on Boundary Rd in Carrum Downs and a second man suspected of assisting the suspect flee the scene was also apprehended.
The arrests followed an intense manhunt.
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