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Police hunt for hit-and-run killer of Wagga Wagga teenager

Braydon’s great-grandmother, June (photo courtesy The Daily Telegraph).

Detectives are re-appealing for information to identify the driver of a vehicle that hit and killed a 15-year-old boy as he walked to his great-grandmother’s home in the state’s south west two years ago.

Police say that at around 1.30am on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, emergency services were called to River Road, Wantabadgery, about 40km east of Wagga Wagga, after a passing motorist saw a body on the road.

“The driver stopped to render assistance and discovered it was the body of a teenage boy,” NSW Police said in a statement today.

The body has since been identified as 15-year-old, Braydon Worldon, from Wantabadgery – he was hit and killed on his 15th birthday.

Family members say they believe Braydon was walking to the home of his great-grandmother, June – who lived just metres from the family home – when the accident happened.

Strike Force Dunstable was established by detectives from Riverina Police District to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

“The teen was last seen alive during the evening of Tuesday, December 18, 2018 and police believe he may have been hit by a heavy vehicle, fitted with a bull bar, travelling along River Road,” NSW Police said.

Braydon’s great-grandmother, June and his mother, Crystal Worldon (photo: 7News).

Police are seeking any information from the public in relation to heavy vehicles that use River Road, Wantabadgery as well as those that may have been in the Wantabadgery area on the night of the incident.

Riverina Police District Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Adrian Telfer, said police are leaving no stone unturned.

“We are continuing to follow up on information provided by the public as well as our own avenues of investigation,” Detective Inspector Telfer said.

“We want to be able to provide answers to Braydon’s mother, Crystal, and the rest of his family regarding the circumstances of Braydon’s death.

“Any information that can be provided by the public is invaluable.”

A Coroner’s Inquest into the circumstances surrounding Braydon’s death has been listed for hearing at Wagga Wagga Coroners Court on March 30.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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