Police and family are renewing their appeal to the public on the 25th anniversary of one of Canberra’s longest unsolved hit and run cases which resulted in the death of a 17-year-old boy.
About 1 am on Sunday March 1, 1987, Troy Forsyth was walking with three friends on Kent Street in Deakin after attending a birthday party at the Deakin Soccer Club. He was struck by a car and died at the scene.
Troy crossed the southbound lane, onto the median strip, and then was struck by a car as he stepped onto the northbound lane. The driver did not stop, and the car and driver have never been identified.
Sergeant Jason Kennedy from ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team (CIRT) said he is hoping that someone out there who knows something will now come forward and give the family some closure.
“It has been 25 years since Troy was tragically killed. Anyone who may know something, no matter how small they think it is, could hold the key to solving this case and I would urge them to contact Crime Stoppers with the information,” said Sergeant Kennedy.
“We believe the car could be a 1977 – 1978 Holden HZ panel van, Caribbean Turquoise in colour based on paint chips left at the scene,” Sergeant Kennedy said.
At the inquest into Troy’s death in 1988, scientific test results confirmed the paint colour of the van involved was Caribbean Turquoise, however the undercoat was not the type used by Holden.
Police suspect the panel van involved was either of a different colour originally and re-sprayed Caribbean Turquoise post-factory, or was originally Caribbean Turquoise but had undergone a re-spray post-factory using a non-Holden undercoat.
ACT Policing is urging anyone who may have information about the hit and run or can identify the driver and car involved, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.