Heartbreaking moment woman stops to help at fatal crash and discovered her father was dead


Heartbreaking moment woman stops to help during fatal crash and discovered her father was dead: ‘My world instantly broke’

  • Cyclist David Thomson, 60, was struck and killed by a silver sedan on October 21
  • Driver still remains at large following incident at Delacombe in regional Victoria
  • Since emerged Mr Thomson’s daughter Sophie attended scene on way to work
  • Senior constable said she had ‘unknowingly attended my dad’s own crime scene’


When Sophie Thomson stopped to help Victoria Police colleagues on her way to work, her world shattered in an instant.

A cyclist had been hit and killed and the driver failed to stop.

‘That cyclist was my father. My world instantly broke,’ she told journalists on Tuesday.

David Thomson, 60, (pictured) was killed while riding his bike on La Trobe Street in Delacombe on October 21 

David Thomson, 60, was riding his bike on La Trobe Street at Delacombe, near Ballarat, when he was hit by a silver sedan that did not stop to help him on October 21.

Police are still trying to find the driver, and Mr Thomson’s family begged for anyone with information to come forward.

‘Dad had been tragically killed on the way to work, and what’s worse, the coward didn’t even stop or break afterwards,’ Senior Constable Thomson said.

Mr Thomson's daughter Sophie, a senior constable, (pictured) appealed to the pubic on Tuesday for more information on the fatal collision that killed her father

Mr Thomson’s daughter Sophie, a senior constable, (pictured) appealed to the pubic on Tuesday for more information on the fatal collision that killed her father 

CCTV footage (pictured) captured the incident which shows a vehicle speeding off after hitting Mr Thomson - Police say the silver coloured 'Japanese style' car would have damage to its front bonnet

CCTV footage (pictured) captured the incident which shows a vehicle speeding off after hitting Mr Thomson – Police say the silver coloured ‘Japanese style’ car would have damage to its front bonnet

‘I had unknowingly attended my dad’s own crime scene. Please imagine that for a second.’

Mr Thomson had increased his walking and cycling to improve his fitness so he could keep playing cricket and keep up with his young grandchildren.

‘Dad’s the reason I joined the job, dad’s absolutely everything to me. I called dad every Sunday we have a chat. He’s just is, is just the world to us,’ Sen Const Thomson said.

Mr Thomson (pictured) was cycling to his concrete business when he was killed after a hit and run involving a silver sedan on October 21

Mr Thomson (pictured) was cycling to his concrete business when he was killed after a hit and run involving a silver sedan on October 21

Her brother Dylan told reporters their father was a well-loved member of the community.

‘He was going back to play competitive cricket again and trying to just do the right thing for himself and get on the bike and ride to work,’ Dylan Thomson said.

Investigators are keen to speak to any witnesses or anyone that may have been in the area at the time of the collision with dash-cam footage.

On Tuesday, police released CCTV showing a ‘vehicle of interest’ they believe could assist with their ongoing investigation.

They also confirmed the collision occurred at 5.41am on LaTrobe St in Delacombe. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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