Pictured: Father, 62, who died during his morning walk after being hit by a heartless driver who had fled the scene – while his 103-year-old mother was waiting for him to return home
- Former fruiterer Toni Plati was hit by a car during his early morning walk
- He was known for walks in Freshwater in the northern beaches of Sydney
- The 62-year-old dad-of-one was a full-time caretaker for his 103-year-old mother
A man left alone on the street by a cruel assassin has been identified as Tony Plati’s father.
The 62-year-old former fruiterer was known to take a walk every morning in Sydney’s Northern Beaches before taking care of his 103-year-old mother.
He took care of her full time and usually arrived in her house before 9 am every day to help her get out of bed.
When he did not appear on Saturday morning, his family panicked.
According to Plat. Plati was found injured by two traders on the road in Freshwater Daily telegram, around 5.54 a.m.
Father of one and former fruiterer Tony Plati, 62, (photo) died after being hit by a car in Freshwater on Saturday morning
One rushed straight for the help of Mr. Plati – who was still breathing at the time – while the other diverted the approaching traffic from his body.
Paramedics arrived, but Mr Plati died on the way to the hospital.
The police are now looking for CCTV to find the car that hit Mr Plati and left him for dead – less than 400 meters from his own house.
A local resident said he heard two voices arguing about “whether he should stop or go” just after being hit.
“We think it might have been a hit and run,” said Northern Beaches police inspector chief inspector Michael Boutouridis.
The 62-year-old was hit by a car in Freshwater (photo) on Saturday morning and left for dead
“But since it was dark and raining at the time and the man was wearing dark clothing, chances are it was a hit and the driver didn’t know they were involved in a collision.”
Nearby resident Jill Farrell said: ‘He was clearly badly wounded but still alive and fighting for his life at that time.
“The sad part is that he was left alone on the road, a busy road in the middle of the night, which is really sad.”
His upset family and friends came on the scene later in the morning.
“We have made a lot of resources available for this,” said DCI Boutouridis.
“There is a good chance that we identify them. We do have some visual material (which) may have recorded the incident. “