The family of a 34-year-old man killed in a hit-and run incident at the weekend have appealed to the driver responsible to “do the right thing” and “give yourself up.”
Police are still hunting for the motorist who fled the scene of the accident which killed cyclist Anthony Moore, known as Tony, in the early hours of Saturday.
“It was heartless, cowardly and callous to leave him to die alone on the side of the road without any help,” Mr. Moore’s sister, Nicola Moore-Gothar, said Tuesday as she called on the driver to turn himself or herself in.
The family is in the midst of a double tragedy and was still coming to terms with the sudden death of Mr. Moore’s father, Peter, just a week before the hit-and-run.
Mrs. Moore-Gothar said it would give the family, particularly her mother, some comfort if the driver came forward.
“We appeal to whoever is responsible to please do the right thing and come forward. His mother deserves this. He deserves this. He did not deserve to die in this way,” she said.
Mr. Moore, of North Sound Estates, Newlands, was struck by a vehicle on Hirst Road, Savannah, sometime between 3:15 a.m. and 4:45 a.m. The driver did not stop and had not been caught as of Tuesday afternoon.
Mrs. Moore-Gothar said she had few details of the accident. She described her brother as a big-hearted man who loved his family.
She said his death had left them heartbroken.
“It is a huge shock. We just lost our father last Saturday, also a sudden untimely death.
“Tony had a big heart; he would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He loved his mother dearly and has been very supportive of her during the last week.”
Mr. Moore’s immediate family are his mother, Katie Moore, his sister Nicola Moore-Gothar and his brother-in-law Andros Gothar. He also has a 7-year-old niece and a 3-year-old nephew.
Mrs. Moore-Gothar said the family has been inundated with messages of support.
“We have been humbled by the overwhelming amount of support we have received and we thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for their kindness,” she said. “It is amazing and heartwarming to see how many lives Tony has touched and we thank everyone for sharing such wonderful stories with us.”
Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to contact PC Orville Harris on 324-9853 or Sergeant Butler on 325-5958.