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Fatal hit and run linked to tradie's ute

AAP logoAAP 28/07/2016 By Darren Cartwright

A failed two-month search to find a "tradie's ute" involved in a fatal hit and run has resulted in police asking family and friends to dob in the driver.

Phuc Van Nguyen, 50, was walking along Shelduck Street, Inala around 8.15pm on May 24 when he was struck from behind.

He died at the scene.

Two pieces from the front grill of the vehicle were at the scene and it has been determined they're most likely from a Toyota HiLux, which is considered a "tradie's ute", and police are asking anyone who the driver may have confided in to call them.

Boondall Forensic Crash Unit Senior Sergeant Simon Lamerton says police visited local wreckers who universally agreed that the front grill was from a HiLux and all locally owned vehicles had been cleared of being involved.

"I find it difficult to believe they haven't confided in someone ... so we're asking anyone who has this knowledge about who may be involved to step forward ... and put friendships and loyalty aside," Mr Lamerton said.

"These HiLuxs are very common, they're called the tradie's ute ... we did do a complete door-knock of Inala at the time after checking HiLuxs in that area."

He said it was possible the ute had since been fixed, although wreckers and car part suppliers have been on the look out for anyone ordering a new front grill.

Police also released footage of Mr Nguyen as he walked past shops minutes before being struck down.

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