A heartbroken cop has uncovered his devastation after responding to a murderous hit-and-run incident – only for the victim to find was her father.
Senior Constable Sophie Thomson said her “world immediately broke down,” when she made the horrific discovery on Thursday at a crime scene in Delacombe, Australia.
The unsuspecting officer said she was driving on her normal route to work at Ballarat police station around 7 a.m. when she was called for an ongoing incident.
She described how it was “like any other day” until colleagues immediately turned her away from the scene, when they learned that the deceased was her father – 60-year-old David Thomson.
“My world fell apart immediately,” said the devastated officer 9 News.
“I had inadvertently joined my dad at his crime scene.”
According to police, Mr Thomson was riding his bike to work at 5.41 a.m. on October 21 when he collided with a car near a crossing.
Detective Senior Constable Sandro Lombardi said the driver did not stop after the collision and immediately fled the scene.
“There was no braking,” he said,
“The driver cannot say that he was unaware that this happened.”
“The natural response is to stop and provide assistance, but unfortunately on this occasion, the driver ran away.”
“It’s a really sad set of circumstances.”
Police have now released footage of the “silver-coloured, sporty-like vehicle” involved in the crash, showing damage to its windscreen and bonnet.
Senior Constable Lombardi has since asked anyone with anything to know about the car or the incident to contact the authorities immediately.
“Please don’t be loyal to the driver. Do the right thing for the family.”
Senior Constable Thomson has also issued a petition to inform and for the driver to come inside himself.
“My police family won’t stop looking for you,” she said.
“We just need some answers.”
Senior constable Thomson said the grandparents had recently started riding their bikes to improve their fitness, having spent years as a keen cricketer.
Paying tribute, she said: “David was my father, my hero and my ultimate rock.”
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