Man is arrested over the alleged hit-and-run death of a man in his 70s after he steps off plane at airport

A man has been arrested just moments after stepping off a plane at Sydney Airport over the alleged hit-and-run killing of a grandfather.

Damodor Shrestha, 79, was fatally hit by a vehicle on Abell Road in Melonba near Blacktown in Sydney’s west sometime after 11.15pm on Sunday, June 30. 

The grandfather, who was allegedly hit from behind by the driver of a purple coupe, went unnoticed on the road by several passing cars. 

A 32-year-old man was arrested by police as he returned to Australia on an international flight at about 11.30am on Wednesday. 

Both NSW Police and Australian Border Force (ABF) attended Sydney airport. 

The man was charged with failing to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death, dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death and not giving particulars to police.

He was remanded to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on July 11. 

Mr Shrestha’s daughter Sagun described him as a ‘loving father, husband and source of inspiration to his grandchildren’. 

Damodor Shrestha, 79, (pictured) was killed in an alleged hit and run on June 30

Police have  released images of the purple coupe (pictured) allegedly involved in the incident

Police have  released images of the purple coupe (pictured) allegedly involved in the incident

She said the death of the 79-year-old was ‘absolutely devastating’, 9News reports. 

Mr Shresha died just hours after his daughter’s 25th wedding anniversary, and his devastated family urged the driver to turn themselves in. 

On July 1, police launched a public appeal for information and released footage of the coupe in the hopes of witnesses coming forward. 

Inspector Michael Walsh has described the alleged hit-and-run as a ‘callous act’.

‘[The vehicle is] likely have damage to the front side, particularly to the headlight and its windscreen,’ he said.

Passing motorists (captured on CCTV rendering assistance) finally noticed the grandfather lying on the side of the road and called emergency services

Passing motorists (captured on CCTV rendering assistance) finally noticed the grandfather lying on the side of the road and called emergency services

The section of street where Mr Shrestha died does not have a footpath, forcing residents to walk on the road.

Bankstown Council has confirmed footpath construction will start on Abell Road after residents complained. 

Local resident Karan Nagir blamed the lack of infrastructure and roads in the area where construction of new homes is taking place.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers. 

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