WA Police call for information regarding 2020 unsolved hit and run in Golden Bay

The Western Australian Police Force have uploaded a video calling for information in regards to an unsolved hit and run that occurred in 2020.

FOREVER REMEMBERED: Mathew was a father of nine with a baby on the way. Photo: WA Police

FOREVER REMEMBERED: Mathew was a father of nine with a baby on the way. Photo: WA Police

37-year-old Mathew Neary was a father of nine who was expecting baby number ten with his partner. On Sunday, November 22, Mr Neary left a party and started walking home along Mandurah Road in Golden Bay. He was struck by a vehicle, and the driver didn't stop and fled the scene.

Mr Neary was found by a member of the public on the roadway deceased from his injuries.

INFORMATION: Mathew was walking home along Mandurah Road in Golden Bay when he was struck by a car. Photo: WA Police

INFORMATION: Mathew was walking home along Mandurah Road in Golden Bay when he was struck by a car. Photo: WA Police

Now the major crash investigation team from the WA Police Force have uploaded a video calling for answers.

In the video, Detective Constable Ben Rooney says the case is the only unsolved fatal hit and run since 2016.

"He was loved by his family and friends," he said. "He had a very large extended family. No family should have to go through this."

Det. Const. Rooney added that in the moments before Mathew was hit, a number of vehicles were spotted by CCTV from local business in the area. One vehicle, a white or light-coloured dual cab utility, was seen slowing down.

"We believe that vehicle has had some sort of interaction with Mathew," he said.

A second vehicle is seen driving past and appears to brake heavily.

"We believe those two vehicles may know something about the investigation."

Det. Const. Rooney called for anyone who may have knowledge of vehicles matching those seen in the footage.

"Somebody may have knowledge of vehicles matching these," he said. "They may have seen them being washed or repaired in early hours of the morning or at some other strange time."

He added that a work colleague, family member or friend may also have had access to one of these vehicles.

"The vehicles may have damage that [the person borrowing the vehicle] doesn't have an explanation for. These sorts of details are vital to this investigation."

Mr Neary's family members regularly visit the scene to lay flowers and items for him.

GRIEF: Mathew's family regularly visit a cross for Mathew at the scene to leave flowers for him. Photo: WA Police

GRIEF: Mathew's family regularly visit a cross for Mathew at the scene to leave flowers for him. Photo: WA Police

A previous Mail article reported that Mr Neary's cousin Brody Rogers had said, "I urge anyone with any information, please come forward and give justice that Matt deserves and closure that us as a family deserve."

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or online via their website.

"Any bit of information could be that vital bit of information that the police need," Mr Rogers said.