Moment detectives raid Melbourne factory to arrest driver allegedly involved in fatal hit-run

CCTV footage has emerged of fugitive taskforce detectives swooping on a Melbourne factory to capture a man allegedly involved in the hit-run that killed a beloved father-of-four and severely injured his colleague.

Traffic workers Timmy Rakei and Shaun Kilmartin had been setting up cones on the road near the corner of Hall Road and Lats Avenue in Carrum Downs when they were allegedly struck by a red Holden about 7.15am on Tuesday.

Mr Rakei died and Mr Kilmartin suffered life-altering injuries in the crash.

Detectives have swooped on a Melbourne factory to arrest a man allegedly involved in the Carrum Downs hit-run. (Nine)

The driver was then allegedly picked up by another man driving a black Hyundai SUV about 30 minutes after the incident.

9News has obtained video of police raiding the Carrum Downs factory about 2pm yesterday to arrest Jason Ruscoe, 30, who is alleged to have been the driver in the crash.

Video shows detectives pulling into the factory in unmarked police cars before running inside, with one detective leading the charge with a police dog.

Detectives turned up to the Carrum Downs factory in unmarked police vehicles. (Nine)

The man, of no fixed address, has been charged with a range of offences relating to the collision, including culpable driving causing death, driving in a manner dangerous causing death, driving while disqualified, negligently causing serious injury and failing to stop and render assistance.

He appeared at Melbourne Magistrate’s Court today with a bloodied face. His lawyer told the hearing he sustained the injuries during his arrest.

Mr Ruscoe is withdrawing from GHB, ice, and alcohol, the court heard.

A 25-year-old man alleged to be his accomplice has also been hit with a string of charges.

Ash Powell, from Carrum Downs, was last night charged with a range of offences including being an accessory to impede, apprehension or prosecution, driving while disqualified, reckless conduct endangering life, driving in a dangerous manner while being pursued by police and failing to stop when directed by police.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in April next year.

Traffic controller Timmy Rakei was struck by a car and killed while working in Carrum Downs. (Supplied)

“Detectives from the MCIU would like to thank detectives from the Southern Metro Crime Team, Frankston Crime Investigation Unit and Fugitive Taskforce for their assistance in the investigation,” a Victoria Police statement read.

“Police would also like to thank the public and the media for the large number of calls received.”

An aerial view of the crash in Carrum Downs. (9News)

The black Hyundai SUV that police had been searching for was also located yesterday.

Mr Kilmartin, 38, from Traralgon man was released from the Royal Melbourne Hospital yesterday after undergoing surgery due to the severity of his leg injury.

The Traralgon man yesterday spoke from his hospital bed, paying tribute to his colleague.

“He was such a likeable bloke and always took care of the people he worked with,” he wrote.

“I can’t imagine what his family are going through. They need all the support we can give.

“You just don’t expect something like this to happen. It didn’t have to happen.”

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