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HIT AND RUN: Support builds for victim's wife and kids

Bruce Mitchell, pictured with his children, was killed in a hit and run at Oakey on Sunday night.
Bruce Mitchell, pictured with his children, was killed in a hit and run at Oakey on Sunday night.

UPDATE: Bruce Mitchell's three young children and his widow are being supported by the community with an more than $3500 raised within 15 hours.

Mr Mitchell's stepson Haydon Bell started the fundraiser yesterday to help his mother cover funeral costs after the unexpected death.

"This accident was absolutely heart-breaking for my family as Bruce was a much beloved father, step-father and partner," Mr Bell wrote.

"The fatal accident has left my mother to now raise their three young children on her own and the additional financial cost of his funeral.

"This is just so devastating and tragic."

More than $3600 was raised within 15 hours from 59 contributors to the online fundraiser.

Mr Mitchell was struck and killed in a hit and run at Oakey Sunday night.

Bruce Mitchell was killed in a hit and run near Oakey on Sunday night.
Bruce Mitchell was killed in a hit and run near Oakey on Sunday night. Bev Lacey

A 28-year-old man from Goombungee, who police believe was the driver of the Toyota Hilux vehicle, handed himself in to Toowoomba police yesterday afternoon.

He was charged with failing to obtain medical aid to a person injured in a traffic incident and showing a callous disregard for their needs, and is due to appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on January 4.

To support the fundraiser, visit gofundme.com/brucemitchell.

TUESDAY 5PM: A man has been arrested and charged with the hit-and-run death of 43-year-old Oakey father Bruce Mitchell.

The 28-year-old Goombungee man will face Toowoomba Magistrates Court on January 4.

The man has been charged with failing to obtain medical aid to a person injured in a traffic incident and showing a callous disregard for their needs.

The arrest came after police formally identified the vehicle involved in the incident on Sunday night on Hamlyn Rd, Oakey.

Mr Mitchell's body was discovered on the side of the road about 4.45am Monday, with police compiling enough evidence to press charges against the alleged driver.

It is understood the man consulted with a solicitor before he contacted police after officers made calls for witnesses to come forward.

He handed himself in to Toowoomba police this afternoon.

Darling Downs Detective Inspector Dave Isherwood said the quick resolution to the case would hopefully bring comfort to Mr Mitchell's family.

"Police believe there has been sufficient evidence to charge the man," he said.

"It has been good work by the police, the public and the media.

"Such a speedy resolution has got to give the family comfort as to what happened."

Mr Mitchell had been 500m from the Hamlyn Rd home he lived in with his partner and children when he was struck and killed.

Wearing a navy t-shirt and black shorts and thongs, Mr Mitchell had been walking back from Eagles Boys - about 2km from his home - when police believe he stepped onto the bitumen to avoid the soggy and muddy drain on the roadside.

Police don't believe the incident had been premeditated, and initial investigations suggested the vehicle had not been speeding in the 60kmh zone.

Tributes flowed on social media yesterday where Mr Mitchell has been remembered as a "good bloke", a talented mechanic involved in speedway racing, and a loving partner.

"Mate you taught me a lot of good tips panel beating an (sic) spray painting," Jake Dwyer wrote.

"Rest in peace Bruce, we haven't seen one another for many years but we used to have great times during the speedway years," Shelly Knight wrote.

"You will never be forgotten, fly high buddy."

A highly public appeal for information is understood to have contributed to the man surrendering to police.

Mr Mitchell's stepson, Haydon Bell, has started a fundraising account to help cover funeral costs and expenses his mother now faces in raising three children.

He said Mr Mitchell was a "beloved father, step-father and partner" whose death has rocked the family.

"The fatal accident has left my mother to now raise three young children on her own and the additional financial cost of his funeral," Mr Bell wrote.

"This is just so devastating and tragic.

"Any money raised will be put toward the funeral expenses and to help out the family that has been left behind."

To contribute, visit gofundme.com/brucemitchell.

1PM: Police investigating the hit and run death of Oakey man Bruce Mitchell are confident they have identified the make and model of the vehicle which struck the man.

Tyre imprints and glass fragments of a busted headlight have helped police narrow down the type of vehicle.'

Police believe a light utility struck Mr Mitchell, 43, on Hamlyn Rd sometime between 7.30pm and 8.30pm Sunday.

"Police believe they are honing in on a vehicle and will identify a possible make and model soon," Darling Downs Detective Inspector Dave Isherwood said.

Mr Mitchell's body was found on the side of the road to the town's northeast about 4.45am yesterday by two women exercising.

9AM: Tributes are flowing for an Oakey man struck and killed in a hit and run incident in the town west of Toowoomba Sunday night.

The family of Oakey father Bruce Mitchell, 43, is being offered support from the community, friends and family as police continue to investigate his death.

"RIP a good friend my thoughts are with your family and friends and all your kids," Colin Young posted.

"Until we meet again."

Friend Billy Wilkes echoed the sentiment.

"My sincere condolences are extended out to the entire family," he wrote.

"Such a careless of act of humanity has ended in the life of a father being taken from us today.

"RIP Bruce may God receive you with open arms and provide a guiding light over what is a very hard time for your family."

Mr Mitchell's body was found on the side of Hamlyn Rd in Oakey by two woman out walking yesterday morning.

He had been just 500m from his home where he lived with his partner and children.

Mr Mitchell was last seen leaving a pizza shop in Oakey about 7.30pm.

RELATED: Police hunt driver who killed Oakey father

Police are calling on any drivers along Hamlyn Rd between 7.30pm and 8.30pm who may have seen something to contact police.

Police are continuing to appeal for the driver of the vehicle to come forward.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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