#10News: ‘Life Patrol’ discussion to be held after Scarborough father and young daughter killed in hit-and-run

Tribute to the victims man killed in a hit and run in Scarborough, New South Wales. The man has been named locally as Christopher Hopkinson. Christopher’s fiancée and 4-year-old daughter are still being treated in hospital.

Posted by #PapaSchofield on Thursday, 16 November 2018

People in Scarborough are calling for a “Life Patrol” to be put in place after two hit and run drivers fled the scene following a tragic accident involving a father and daughter.

Christopher Hopkinson was involved in a three-car crash outside a police car on the Mitchell Highway in Scarborough on Thursday night, North Strathfield police confirmed.

The 28-year-old NSW father of two was in a critical condition in Westmead Hospital on Friday.

He had three children, one under three years of age, in the car at the time of the crash.

The two drivers fled the scene leaving the father of two to die in the road.

His three-year-old daughter, Isabella Hopkinson, was taken to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition, after the car they were travelling in, collided with a ute and a Mitsubishi SUV.

The two drivers, believed to be aged in their 20s, remain at large.

“With no witnesses, we don’t know why the driver of the ute and SUV chose to leave,” North Strathfield police area commander Detective Acting Inspector Scott Martens said.

“We’ve been sent a report from the crash unit from the three-car accident but we are still trying to piece together the circumstances of the incident.

“It will be up to the road crossing panel to determine whether the scene is the best for someone to stop and help the victims or not,” Detective Acting Inspector Martens said.

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Authorities will be reviewing security footage from the area and also road markings to determine if it is in line with the ongoing risk to motorists.

“If it is something we need to enforce, we’ll put life patrols out on the highway, but it’s a case of when and where,” Detective Acting Inspector Martens said.

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“We don’t expect people to stop and help because of the violent nature of what happened in this accident, but we just want to remind people that we’ll be watching out for people.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 1300 606 302 or Crimestoppers via 1800 333 000.

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