Sophie Thomson was driving on her usual route to work at Ballarat Police Station at around 7am on Thursday when she stopped to offer help to her colleagues at a crime scene on La Trobe Street in Delacombe.
Senior Constable Thomson said “it was just like any other day” for her until colleagues quickly ushered her away from the scene and revealed the cyclist who had been killed was her dad, David Thomson.
“My world instantly broke,” she said.
“I had unknowingly attended my dad’s own crime scene.”
Mr Thomson, 60, was riding his bike to work at Eureka Concrete along La Trobe Street about 5.41am on October 21 when he was struck head-on by a car as he approached an intersection.
Detective Senior Constable Sandro Lombardi, who is investigating the crime, said the driver did not pause after the collision, immediately fleeing the scene.
“There was no braking,” he said,
“The driver cannot say he was unaware that it happened.”
Senior Constable Lombardi said police had footage of the crash and there were a number of witnesses at the scene.
“The natural response is to stop and render assistance, but unfortunately on this occasion, the driver has fled,” he said.
“It’s really a tragic set of circumstances.”
Police have today released footage of the “silver-coloured, sporty-like vehicle” involved in the crash, showing the damage it sustained to its windscreen and bonnet during the collision.
Senior Constable Lombardi has called for anyone who knows anything about the car or the incident to contact Crime Stoppers immediately.
“Please don’t have allegiance to the driver. Do the right thing for the family.”
Senior Constable Thomson has also called for people to share information and for the driver to turn himself in.
“My police family won’t stop looking for you,” she said.
“We just need some answers please.”
Senior Constable Thomson said her father, a grandfather of two and a Ballarat cricketer for decades, had recently begun riding his bike to improve his fitness.
“David was my father, my hero and my absolute rock.”