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Friends mourn NYE hit-run cyclist victim

AAP logoAAP 1/01/2017 Lucy Hughes Jones

Family and friends are mourning the death of a cyclist who was killed in a hit and run in Darwin on New Year's Eve.

Jason 'Dicky' McCormick came off his bike on Winnelie Road around 10pm on Saturday just before the incident occurred.

The 46-year-old was lying on the ground when a blue Toyota Aurion drove straight over him.

Northern Territory Duty Superintendent Rob Farmer said despite the best efforts of responding witnesses, St John and police personnel, he died from extensive injuries.

Two men who were allegedly in the car briefly stopped a short way past the scene before driving away.

Mr McCormick, a long time Territorian originally from Kyabram in Victoria, has been remembered as an avid footballer who once played for the Merrigum Bulldogs.

His friend Ian Stuart said he was shattered to hear the news about the much-loved "family man".

"Anyone who knew this bloke would say he played hard on and off the footy field, never backed down and was a great and loyal friend to those who knew him," Mr Stuart said.

"And to old mate who ran him down, man up and hand yourself in for the sake of his beautiful family who will never forget New Year's Eve ever again."

Police are still searching for the driver responsible and are appealing for witnesses.

They've since found the car involved and are urging both men to come forward.

"Detectives are interested in viewing any private or business CCTV vision that covers Winnellie Road east of the Winnellie Hotel," Duty Superintendent Farmer said.

Mr McCormick's death is the first road fatality in the Territory over the holiday period.

It marks the third consecutive New Year's Eve hit-and-run crash in Darwin, two of which have been fatal.

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