A man was charged and appeared in Manly Local Court today following an investigation into an alleged hit and run that killed a man at Freshwater earlier this year.

About 5.45am Saturday, 22 February, emergency services were called to Oliver Street near Brighton Street, Freshwater, following reports a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle.

On arrival, officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command found 66-year-old Freshwater man Tony Plati with critical injuries. He was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital where he later died. The vehicle allegedly did not stop after the collision.

Strike Force Clarefield was established by detectives from Northern Beaches Police Area Command and the Crash Investigation Unit to investigate the circumstances surrounding the collision.

On Thursday, 19 March, strike force investigators executed a search warrant at a rowing club in Mosman where they seized items relevant to the investigation, including a VW Amarok and boat trailer.

Following extensive inquiries, including public appeals, strike force detectives arrested a 52-year-old man at a home at Adams Street, Curl Curl, about 7.30am Thursday, 09 July.

He was taken to Manly Police Station and charged with dangerous driving occasioning death – drive manner dangerous, fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death, and negligent driving occasioning death. His licence was also suspended.

The Curl Curl man appeared before Manly Local Court today (Thursday, 09 July) where he was granted conditional bail to reappear on Wednesday, 02 September.

Source: NSW Police