December 6, 2022

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The family of a man who was killed in a hit and run traffic crash last month in Mount Isa have joined Queensland Police in making a public appeal for information.

Around 1am on Saturday, November 5 an unknown vehicle was travelling along Moore Crescent when it struck 30-year-old Jason Dick.

The father, son, partner and work colleague sustained significant injuries as a result and sadly passed away at the scene.

The vehicle and its occupants did not remain at the scene or call emergency services.

Jason’s mother Maudie Wilde said her son Jason was a good man and asked that if anyone knows what happened to him that night to tell police.

“It’d be good if we could get someone just to come forward and say what happened, then it’ll be all over… It’d be good if they could come and let us know,” Ms Wilde said.

Jason’s Mother Maudie Wilde (Left) And His Partner Wongka Neale (Right)

Jason’s partner Wongka Neale spoke of how much he loved spending time with mates and exploring the Mount Isa area.

“One of his favourite things was just to hang out with his mates, going out to the junction every weekend. He loved his fishing,” Ms Neale said.

Wongka said someone has to know something and urged them to do the right thing for Jason and for his family.

“If you know something just come forward, because we’re not going to find out anything any answers if they don’t come forward. I want to just move on. All I want is answers, that’s all.”

Mount Isa City Council Councillor Kim Coghlan said both Jason’s family, work colleagues and community needed answers.

“Jason worked for the council’s parks and gardens department and his passing had left his entire team missing him,” Cr Coghlan said.

“We’ve got a small group in parks and gardens and they’re quite close knit. They’ve had him (Jason) there for a long time. He was a very, very hard worker and an honest employee.

“We lost a good person that you know, we want some answers for, to know what’s happened (to him).” Cr Coghlan said.

Mount Isa District Detective Inspector Dave Barron said police continue to appeal to anyone who may have relevant information or CCTV to come forward.

Mount Isa District Detective Inspector Dave Barron

An investigation centre was established at Mount Isa Criminal Investigation Branch to determine the circumstances around the tragic death of Jason.

“On that night, Jason was walking along Moore Crescent, Mount Isa when he was struck by a motor vehicle, which tragically caused his death,” Detective Inspector Dave Barron said.

“Assistance has been sought from specialist units in Brisbane and Townsville who have directly worked with our local investigators as they explore the circumstances around this incident.

“The impact of this death on the Mount Isa community is significant. Jason has a daughter and other family members in this community who have been deeply impacted by this incident.

Jason’s Roadside Memorial In Moore Crescent

“The vehicle that struck Jason didn’t stop and did not remain at the scene.

“We appeal to anyone in Mount Isa or other towns who have information or may know something about this incident to contact police or contact crime stoppers and provide that information. It can be provided anonymously through the crime stopper service.” Detective Inspector Barron said.

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