The family of a man who died in a hit and runcollision in Levenshulme have paid tribute to him.
Shahid Tarafdar from Longsight was hit by a silver Peugeot 306 registered number on Stockport Road.
A passenger was seen to exit the Peugeot in the moments following the collision and the vehicle was seen to travel on Stockport Road to its junction with Kirkmanshulme Lane where it turned right.
The Peugeot was later found set alight on Rimmers Close in Beswick.
Paying tribute to him, Shahid’s family said: “Shahid was a loving husband and a father to three young children. He was a devoted family man who was loved by his family and respected by the whole community.
“He spent most of his life in Southampton before moving to Manchester five years ago with his family.”
Shahid’s eldest brother Shabuddin, said “We have lost our brother at a young age due to a hit and run incident.
“We as a family are in total shock and devastation at the loss of a young brother, husband and father and are appealing to anyone who has knowledge of the collision to contact the police”
Police have released CCTV of the vehicle immediately after the collision and of the front seat passenger who is seen to exit the vehicle on Stockport Road.
Senior Investigating Officer, Sergeant Lee Westhead, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “A major police investigation has commenced to identify the driver of the Peugeot at the time of the collision. I am releasing CCTV images of the vehicle involved and of people we are keen to speak to as our enquiries continue.
“If you recognise any of the people in the images, if you know who the driver was at the time of the collision or if you have any information about the movements of the Peugeot on the day of the collision then I would ask that you contact my team or the independent charity Crimestoppers immediately.
“This collision has led to the death of a 45-year-old man, his family are devastated and it falls to me to provide them with the answers they deserve.
“My team and I will not rest until we find the driver, we will be relentless in our search and we will use every possible means available to us to identify them. It is only a matter of time until we find you. Come and speak to me before we come knocking on your door. This will not go away, the investigation will not end until this is resolved.
“For those who have helped or who are considering helping this driver, this is not the time for false loyalties, a man has died. The police will identify and prosecute anyone who is found to have committed offences in relation to this collision.”
Anyone with information should call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 1376 of 7 February 2017 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.i