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Olympian Matthias Ungemach is charged with the death of a Sydney man during a morning walk

Olympian is charged with death by a man, 66, who was on his way to his 102-year-old mother’s house early in the morning

  • Matthias Ungemach is accused of defeating Antonio Plati on February 22
  • Mr. Plati attended and served as a full-time caregiver for his 102-year-old mother
  • Ungemach is a German two-time rowing world champion and an Olympian

An Olympian has been accused of running a 66-year-old man during an early morning walk to his 102-year-old mother’s house before leaving the victim to die.

Matthias Ungemach once went head-to-head against the legendary Australian ‘Oarsome Foursome’ squad, but on Thursday he faced Manly Local Court earlier this year due to the deadly incident.

52-year-old Ungemach was arrested Thursday morning at his Curl Curl house after an investigation of nearly five months by the NSW police.

Matthias Ungemach (pictured) faced Manly Local Court on Thursday, charged with the hit-and-run death of Antonio 'Tony' Plati, 66, on February 22

Matthias Ungemach (pictured) faced Manly Local Court on Thursday, charged with the hit-and-run death of Antonio ‘Tony’ Plati, 66, on February 22

Antonio ‘Tony’ Plati, 66, died after being beaten on an early morning walk in Freshwater on February 22.

The 66-year-old was consciously found in the middle of Oliver Street with a serious head injury and taken to Royal North Shore Hospital, where he later died.

In March, a funeral was held for Mr. Plati, where he was described as a devoted family man who acted as a full-time caregiver for his 102-year-old mother Maria and lived with her at their home in Waratah St.

His mother was one of more than 700 mourners in the St. Kevins Catholic Church who heard of his kind and nature, according to the Daily telegram.

Antonio 'Tony' Plati was found conscious in the middle of Oliver Street with a serious head injury and taken to the Royal North Shore Hospital, where he died later (in the photo, the VW ute is said to have killed Mr Plati)

Antonio 'Tony' Plati was found conscious in the middle of Oliver Street with a serious head injury and taken to the Royal North Shore Hospital, where he died later (in the photo, the VW ute is said to have killed Mr Plati)

Antonio ‘Tony’ Plati was found conscious in the middle of Oliver Street with a serious head injury and taken to the Royal North Shore Hospital, where he died later (in the photo, the VW ute is said to have killed Mr Plati)

Police made a public call for information after his death and established Strike Force Clarefield to investigate the incident.

It is alleged that Ungemach did not stop after his car hit Mr. Plati.

In March a funeral was held for Mr. Plati (photo), where more than 700 mourners heard that he was a kind and caring family man

In March a funeral was held for Mr. Plati (photo), where more than 700 mourners heard that he was a kind and caring family man

In March a funeral was held for Mr. Plati (photo), where more than 700 mourners heard that he was a kind and caring family man

He has been accused of dangerous death driving, unstoppable and assisted after collision with the vehicle that caused death and negligent driving resulting in death.

Police raided the Mosman Rowing Club earlier this year, where Ungemach works as the rowing director, and confiscated a VW Amarok Ute and boat trailer.

Ungemach received a conditional bail and will appear again in court on September 2.

Ungemach was two-time world champion with the German team in the 1990s.

He was part of the German four-man team that won the world title in 1991 in Vienna, Austria, with a world record time of 5: 58.96 – a brand that still exists.

Ungemach, 52, was arrested at his Curl Curl home on Thursday morning after an investigation of nearly five months (photo)

Ungemach, 52, was arrested at his Curl Curl home on Thursday morning after an investigation of nearly five months (photo)

Ungemach, 52, was arrested at his Curl Curl home on Thursday morning after an investigation of nearly five months (photo)

He is also a two-time Olympian and was a member of the German team that finished fourth in the 1992 men’s braces final in Spain.

The event was won by the Australian team of Andrew Cooper, Nick Green, Mike McKay and James Tomkins – commonly referred to as the ‘Oarsome Foursome’.

Ungemach is a coach at Mosman Rowing Club, along with his wife and fellow Olympic Judith Ungemach.

He led the Under-21 Australian Men’s Sweep program and led several aspiring athletes to the Junior World Cup in Germany.

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