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Family appeal for truck driver to come forward

THE family of a man killed in a hit-and-run collision at Waterfall earlier in the week have today joined police in appealing for the other driver to come forward.
Around 3pm on Wednesday police were called to Mckell Avenue in the Royal National Park at Waterfall after reports a motorcyclist had crashed.
Paul Snepvangers, 58, was found lying on the road next to his bike suffering fatal injuries.
Officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit examined the scene and discovered evidence a truck had been involved in a collision with Mr Snepvangers.
Investigators were also told a white medium-sized flatbed truck was seen driving in the area shortly after the incident.
The driver has been described as being between 20 to 35 years of age and wearing a fluorescent high-visibility work shirt.
Superintendent Stuart Smith from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command urged the truck driver to do the right thing and contact police.
“We need to speak to the driver involved in the collision and piece together what happened.
“He may not even know he was involved in a collision but there is bound to be some damage sustained to the truck and I am appealing for the driver and any witnesses to come forward.
‘Paul was a father of five and a loving grandfather to eight children. He was also well known in the Sutherland Shire as a care facility worker and was on his way to work on Wednesday afternoon but never made it there,” said Superintendent Smith.
Superintendent Smith also reminded motorists of their legal obligations in regards to collisions including stopping, exchanging particulars and rendering first aid to any injured parties.
“In 2006 ‘Brendan’s Law’ was introduced to address the issue of motorists failing to stop at the scene of a collision. Brendan was a nine-year-old boy who was riding his bicycle in Dubbo when he was killed by a motorist who failed to stop at the scene.
“With three hit-and-run collisions this year, motorists need to know it is an offence to flee the scene and could result in up to 10 years in prison,” Superintendent Smith said.
This morning the daughter of Mr Snepavangers’ Joanne Parker joined police in their appeal for the truck driver to come forward.
“The crash has left our family devastated and we are desperate to find answers about what happened to dad.
“I still can’t believe he has gone and not knowing what happened makes it so much harder to come to terms with.
“To the truck driver, I beg of you to contact police so we can finally come to terms with losing dad,” she said.
Police have now released CCTV images of a truck and would like to speak to the owner or driver, who they believe can assist with their inquiries.
At this stage, investigators have not spoken to anyone who witnessed the actual collision and are appealing for the truck driver, anyone who recognises the vehicle, or who witnessed the collision to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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