| 22.02,20. 11:23 PM |
Man killed in Sydney hit-run was on his way to help mum
Sydney father Tony Plati was on his way home from his elderly mother's house when he was hit by a vehicle. (9News)
A man who was left to die in a hit-and-run on Sydney's Northern Beaches has been identified as 62-year-old father Tony Plati.
Mr Plati is believed to have been out on his regular early morning walk to his 103-year-old mother's house to help her out of bed for the day. He was her carer.
Two tradesman found Mr Plati lying injured in the middle of Oliver Street in Freshwater about 5.54am today. One of the men rushed to offer help while the other diverted traffic.
Others also rushed to Mr Plati's aid.
"We looked out the window and we could see you know a man laying in the road so we rushed out with some blankets…he was clearly badly injured and but still alive and fighting for his life," Jill Farrell told 9News.
Mr Plati's distraught family arrived at the scene after he didn't return home from his walk.
Paramedics worked to save his life from the moment they arrived on the scene, with a police office driving the ambulance to Royal North Shore Hospital so they could do everything they could.
Mr Plati died on the way to hospital.
Police are now left to find out who is responsible for the family man's death.
"We've thrown significant resources at this," Detective Chief Inspector Michael Boutouridis said.
"There is a good chance we will identify them. We do have some footage (which) may have captured the incident."
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.