Police at the scene of a fatal hit and run near Oakey.
Police at the scene of a fatal hit and run near Oakey. Tara Miko

Police hunt driver who killed Oakey father

FRAGMENTS from a busted headlight could hold the key to finding the vehicle which struck and killed a father in Oakey.

Two women exercising made the grisly discovery along Hamlyn Rd about 4.45am yesterday, more than 11 hours after the 43-year-old mechanic was last seen alive leaving a pizza shop in the centre of Oakey about 7.30pm Sunday.

Police are now hunting the driver of the vehicle.

"For whatever reason the person didn't stop. At the end of the day we will conduct investigations and I am hopeful that we will locate the person," Detective Inspector Dave Isherwood said.

"He's a man that was in a relationship. He's got a number of children.

"They were distraught."

Investigators will examine debris left at the scene to determine the make and model of the vehicle which police said would have some damage.

Investigations suggest the man, wearing a navy shirt and black shorts, had been walking south along Hamlyn St when the utility hit and killed him before turning around and fleeing the area.

Police do not believe the vehicle had been speeding and the man had possibly stepped on to the road to avoid the muddy waters in the table drain.

Det. Insp. Isherwood said police were yet to establish any premeditated factors that led to the man's death and police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

"We've had information come to hand that would indicate a vehicle was seen on that road, however no one has been able to give us any information as to the type of vehicle," he said.

"The vehicle that was seen on the road turned and headed back in the same direction it originally came.

"At this point, nothing has been ruled out but we would suggest it is more likely a hit and run fatal traffic accident."

The man was killed 500m from his Hamlyn St home.

Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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