Father of Darwin cyclist killed in NYE hit and run makes emotional plea

Father of Darwin cyclist killed in NYE hit and run makes emotional plea

Police have yet to track down those responsible for the hit and run that knocked the 46-year-old off his bike hours before he planned to ring in the new year.

Jason’s father says whoever did it should “tell the truth”.

Mr McCormick had fallen off his bike outside Darwin’s Winnellie Hotel around 10pm on New Year’s Eve when a car drove straight over him.

Two men driving what is believed to have been a rental car stopped briefly a short way down the road. They hopped back into their vehicle and continued driving, never checking on the victim.

Mr McCormick, known locally at “Dickie”, died at the scene.

One of two men arrested over the incident was released from custody on Sunday, as police continue to search for the second suspect.

Security footage of a vehicle believed to have been involved in the hit-run death of Jason McCormick in Winnellie, Darwin, on New Year's Eve. Source:Supplied

“We want him to come forward,” John McCormick told AAP.

“We want them to tell the truth so that they can be punished for what they’ve done.”

Mr McCormick was a long-term Territorian originally from Kyabram in Victoria. The vehicle that struck him was captured on CCTV and is believed to be a blue Toyota Aurion.

Police say the car of interest bears NT registration plates CB-31-FK.

John McCormick said Jason had been in the area for a few weeks for the funeral of his cousin. He said the pair were reunited after several years apart and spent their time “hanging a bit of sh*t on each other, as we did.

“That’s a good memory I’ll take with me. I’m going to miss those phone calls and I reckon a lot of the boys up there (in Darwin) will miss seeing him around.”

A friend told the NT News Mr McCormick, who is survived by both his parents and five of his six siblings, was universally loved.

“I don’t know anyone who’d have a bad word to say about him,” the friend said.

“He was just a genuine bloke and a much loved and loyal family man.”

NT Police continue to investigate the hit-run death of Jason McCormick and are seeking public assistance to identify a person who attempted to enter the Winnellie Hotel just after 9.30pm on New Year’s Eve with three other people.

Major Crash detectives spent last week combing the scene of the crash and calling on any further witnesses to come forward.

John McCormick said he would not rest until those responsible were behind bars.

“We expect them to go to jail, we don’t expect them to be walking the streets and laughing about it,” he said.

Wayne Abdul Sultan remains in custody charged with driving offences stemming from an alleged high-speed chase of the car believed to have killed Mr McCormick.

A 36-year-old man released on Sunday was charged with criminal damage in relation to an alleged break and enter at a Palmerston car wash five hours after the crash.

Police believe he wasn’t in the car when it struck Mr McCormick.

Anyone with information is asked to contact either police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

— with AAP

Original Article www.news.com.au

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