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‘Hit and run coward’ who allegedly killed ‘gentle giant dad’ is arrested after three-day manhunt

‘Hit and run coward’ who allegedly killed ‘gentle giant dad’ is arrested after three-day manhunt

  • Driver of a Holden allegedly drove into two road workers at Carrum Downs 
  • He then fled the scene in a black Hyundai SUV that tried to ram police officers 
  • Police describe act as ‘cold, callous’ and that of ‘a coward’ at press conference 
  • 44-year-old Timmy Raikei was killed and 37-year-old colleague in hospital


A man has been charged and another arrested over a hit-run collision in Melbourne’s southeast that left one man dead and another seriously injured.

Father-of-four Timmy Rakei, 44, was working as a traffic controller in Carrum Downs on Tuesday morning when a Holden Commodore allegedly struck him. He died at the scene.

His 38-year-old workmate suffered severe leg injuries and was released from hospital on Thursday.

Timmy Raikei, 44, was killed and his workmate severely injured when a red Holden Commodore struck them in Melbourne about 7.15am on Tuesday 

The red Commodore was severely damaged before the driver allegedly fled the scene

The red Commodore was severely damaged before the driver allegedly fled the scene

A three-day manhunt ensued after the driver of the car allegedly fled the scene and was picked up by a Hyundai SUV nearby.

The driver, aged 30, was arrested at a property on Boundary Road in Carrum Downs just after 2pm on Thursday.

He will be interviewed by detectives on Friday.

A 25-year-old Carrum Downs man handed himself in to police about 3pm on Thursday and was charged with five offences, including being an accessory to impeding an apprehension or prosecution, driving dangerously while being pursued by police, and failing to stop when directed to by police.

He will appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday morning.

A ute at the sight of the crash at Carrum Downs, in Melbourne's south-east, on Tuesday morning

A ute at the sight of the crash at Carrum Downs, in Melbourne’s south-east, on Tuesday morning

A three-day manhunt ensued after the driver of the car allegedly fled the scene and was picked up by a Hyundai SUV nearb

A three-day manhunt ensued after the driver of the car allegedly fled the scene and was picked up by a Hyundai SUV nearb 

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