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Do you remember this panel van from 25 years ago?

By johnboy - 29 February 2012 70

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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.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Do you remember this panel van from 25 years ago?
nes19 9:44 am 05 Mar 12

Hi I’d just like to say thanks to the people who have posted their fond, happy, positive memories of Troy. He was too young to die, and even worse in the way that he did. I would like to thank CHEAP for his inaccurate count of events, as this gives me the opportunity to clear it up for him and any other person who feels they know the events of that night. For one CHEAP, Troy was standing on the medium strip waiting to cross the road as stated by the 3 friends who were witness to this horrific event. Then the driver in the vehicle mentioned deliberately veared towards him, leading him to his fate, ending his short life, without a skid mark on the road!!!!!!!!!!! Leaving a family destroyed forever, even today. But the question remains to me CHEAP, if you know so much about this incident, where were you that night? were you in fact driving the vehicle perhaps, or a witness? Or are you just simply an over opinionated fxxk witt making judgements about stuff you hav no clue about, upsetting the mother and familiy of Troy. If you are such a motor head why not put your knowledge to use and help find the vehicle in question and help this family finally find answers!!! All the best NES, Troy’s little sister.

Tooks 9:27 am 04 Mar 12

NFI said :

It is perfectly valid to question why ACT police are devoting resources to a hit and run from 1987. They have limited resources and no shortage of current day scum to investigate. If you have a problem with such questioning you are living in fantasy land.

I think I know what NFI stands for.

buzz819 5:57 am 04 Mar 12

ozmaniac said :

I would really like to know how you could possibly conclude it was a 1977-78 Holden panel van from a few paint chips off a non-factory paint job. Clutching at straws, it would seem…………………

It does also say that he was walking with three friends at the time, they would have provided a description, but you can forget about that bit if it makes you feel better.

Cheap said :

So wait. It was the kids fault that he got hit, right? So why are we devoting all this time to finding the driver of the car?

Why is it his fault? He was walking with friends when the driver struck him and fled, the driver could be facing a culpable drive causing death? Did you think of that or just go with the easiest offence/only offence that you know, that popped into your head?

ThatUniStudent 2:50 am 04 Mar 12

I saw a panel van just like that in Queanbeyan today. Same colour, same bonnet. Rego started with UBB. I will have to check my dash cam for the rest of it.
Maybe the ACT police need to talk to the QBN police?
But to be honest, you would expect a criminal to dump / burn / sell such a car.

ozmaniac 1:17 am 04 Mar 12

I would really like to know how you could possibly conclude it was a 1977-78 Holden panel van from a few paint chips off a non-factory paint job. Clutching at straws, it would seem…………………

NFI 12:54 pm 02 Mar 12

It is perfectly valid to question why ACT police are devoting resources to a hit and run from 1987. They have limited resources and no shortage of current day scum to investigate. If you have a problem with such questioning you are living in fantasy land.

schmeah 5:18 pm 01 Mar 12

Cheap said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Cheap said :

So wait. It was the kids fault that he got hit, right? So why are we devoting all this time to finding the driver of the car?

In all seriousness, f*** off and die.

Come on then? No one can give me a straight answer. As far as I’m aware the only thing the driver is accused of is leaving the scene – there doesn’t seem to be any suggestion that the driver’s own actions contributed in any way to the accident.

Leaving the scene of a car vs person collision is a crime.

Now .. F* off and die.

Cheap 4:30 pm 01 Mar 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Cheap said :

So wait. It was the kids fault that he got hit, right? So why are we devoting all this time to finding the driver of the car?

In all seriousness, f*** off and die.

Come on then? No one can give me a straight answer. As far as I’m aware the only thing the driver is accused of is leaving the scene – there doesn’t seem to be any suggestion that the driver’s own actions contributed in any way to the accident.

colourful sydney rac 4:06 pm 01 Mar 12

Cheap said :

So wait. It was the kids fault that he got hit, right? So why are we devoting all this time to finding the driver of the car?

In all seriousness, f*** off and die.

Skidd Marx 11:22 am 01 Mar 12

Good on the cops for not abandoning this old case. You never know, the driver of the shaggin wagon might get snitched by a vindictive ex-girlfriend or something.

ocelot 11:12 am 01 Mar 12

Cheap said :

So wait. It was the kids fault that he got hit, right? So why are we devoting all this time to finding the driver of the car?

That’s vile. If you are trolling, stick to unpopular comments about video games.
Posting that reveals both inhumanity and ignorance of the law.

dazzab 10:20 am 01 Mar 12

Cheap said :

So wait. It was the kids fault that he got hit, right? So why are we devoting all this time to finding the driver of the car?

What a very odd question. Why would you consider it unimportant to find the responsible person because it was an accident? I hope you aren’t implying that it’s acceptable to kill someone with your car and then just drive off.

Regardless, I’m surprised it would be so hard to track the vehicle down given that they have narrowed it down quite a bit with the test results.

Cheap 10:04 am 01 Mar 12

So wait. It was the kids fault that he got hit, right? So why are we devoting all this time to finding the driver of the car?

Phil_the_Printer 8:10 pm 29 Feb 12

I remember Troy too… a real character, larger than life, a real tragedy.

steveu 4:34 pm 29 Feb 12

I knew Troy for many years, and whilst he had his moments, issues and problems, he was way too young to die. I distinctly recall him as being the first of my calssmates to die.
I hope for his mothers sake they find something to give her closure.

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