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Police hunt hit-and-run driver who killed elderly man in Melbourne's west>>Video: Police hunt hit-and-run driver who killed elderly man in Melbourne's west (ABC News)

>Map: St Albans 3021

Police are urging a hit-and-run driver who killed a 78-year-old man in Melbourne's west last night to turn themselves in, before they are found through CCTV footage from the area.

Key points:

  • A passer-by called for an ambulance but Mr Frangis died at the scene
  • Police say there is "no doubt" the driver is aware they hit someone
  • Investigators say the car that hit Mr Frangis was a red Honda or Toyota hatchback

Investigators believe Anthanasious Frangis

was hit by a red hatchback, travelling east along Main Road East in St Albans shortly after 9:00pm.

A passer-by called for an ambulance but Mr Frangis died at the scene, near the corner of Erica Avenue.

This morning, a woman who said she was the dead man's sister came to the scene, accompanied by a younger man.

"He was on his way home from work," the man said, adding that the 78-year-old was "crossing the road" when he was struck.

A portrait of Anthanasious Frangis.>> Photo: Anthanasious Frangis died at the scene shortly after 9:00pm. (Supplied: Victoria Police)

Mr Frangis was a local identity in the area who was involved in the St Albans soccer club.

The family was too distraught to join police in an appeal for witnesses, Detective Senior Sergeant Brad McArthur said.

"They're very frustrated that the person driving the car hasn't made themselves known and they're very keen for that person to come forward to ease the pain," he said.

A grieving woman dressed in black is supported by a male relative as she speaks about her brother's death.>> Photo: The hit-and-run victim's sister visited the crash site this morning. (ABC News)

He said the incident was captured on CCTV but the quality was not good enough to trace the driver.

The car is believed to be a Honda or Toyota from a year between 2007 and 2013.

'Do the right thing and come forward'

The Major Collision Investigation Unit's Inspector Tony Long said there was "no doubt" the driver would have known they had hit the man.

A red hatchback driving on Main Road East in St Albans.>> Photo: CCTV of the red hatchback being sought over the crash which would have damage to the hood and windscreen. (Supplied: Victoria Police)

"Investigators believe that the driver of the vehicle would have had no doubt at all that they would have struck that pedestrian and there would be significant damage to their vehicle," he said.

The car would probably have damage to the central bonnet and windscreen, police said.

He said there was a "significant amount" of CCTV footage available from local businesses and it was only a matter of time before they found the driver responsible.

"We'd urge that person to think very hard about the incident that's occurred tonight and do the right thing and come forward," he said.

A composite image of a red car and two black cars captured on CCTV footage.>> Photo: Police want to speak to the drivers of three cars in the area last night. (Supplied: Victoria Police)

Police have released images of two other black cars

which were in the area at the time and are keen to speak to those drivers.

"We think they actually had to apply their brakes to avoid the car that hit the victim or drive around the car that hit the victim," Detective Senior Sergeant McArthur said.

The penalty for not stopping at the scene of the accident is a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Anyone with dashcam footage or information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Topics: road, accidents, disasters-and-accidents, police, crime, law-crime-and-justice, st-albans-3021, melbourne-3000, vic

First posted May 09, 2019 06:23:25

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