Father of two: Siaki "Jack" Mafoa was killed in a hit and run. Photo: Facebook
A passing motorist who attempted to take Villawood man Siaki "Jack" Mafoa to hospital after he was hit by a car at Five Dock on Friday night has come forward following an appeal by police.
But the driver of the car involved in the hit-and-run, believed to be a white or silver Holden Rodeo table-top ute, is still at large.
Mr Mafoa, 19, a father of two, was crossing the road at Parramatta Road and Lavender Street, Five Dock, when he was struck by a car which failed to stop.
A woman driving a silver Mitsubishi hatchback assisted at the scene and attempted to transport the man to nearby Concord hospital however the man's condition worsened and paramedics were called.
The man was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital but he died a short time later.
Police said a white or silver Holden Rodeo table-top ute was last seen leaving the scene west along on Parramatta Road.
In a Facebook group called "Rest In Peace Siaki Havea Mafoa", his family including partner Raelina Grieg thanked well-wishers.
"Thank you to all family and friends of Siaki for sending your condolences, it's really much appreciated thank you for your compassion towards the individuals affected especially raelina and siakis family xx Siaki will be truly missed xoxo (sic)".
Mr Mafoa was described as "an angel who had returned back to his home, most people say that your in a better place now but the best place for you was on this earth with ur family".
Ms Grieg also posted: "The last time I actually heard your voice was at exactly 4:14pm and you told me you would be awhile cos you were going to have a few drinks with the boys and that you missed and loved me and I let you go. I should have told you just to come home and you would have been here now:'(. Apart of me blames myself for this, if i just told you to come home if only i did you would still be here:'(. I'm not the only one hurting so bad for your lost also your family and friends and especially your two girls. Kandi has been crying asking for you and it hurts seeing her like that:'(. We miss you so much babe. Love you forever and always. May you rest in paradise."
Operations Manager for Traffic and Highway Patrol’s Crash Investigation Unit, Inspector Phil Brooks, appealed for help from the public to identify the driver and vehicle involved.
“This fail-to-stop event has had a wide-ranging impact: the family of this young man is distraught, the woman who helped him is also upset that he died despite her best efforts, not to mention the impact on emergency service personnel who also tried to save him,” Inspector Brooks said.
“I hope that someone will come forward to police – anonymously if need be via Crime Stoppers – so the proper investigations can be conducted.”