A driver remains on the run following a hit-and-run in Melbourne's southeast that killed a beloved father of four and left another man with life-altering injuries.
Victoria Police are searching for the driver of a red Holden Commodore that fatally struck Bayswater father Timmy Rakei, 44, and injured his 38-year-old workmate.
They were setting up cones at the intersection of Halls Road and Lats Avenue in Carrum Downs on Tuesday when they were hit.
Mr Rakei's family have shared tributes online, describing him as a loving partner, father of four and grandparent of one.
"Timmy Rakei was an inspiration to many people. His life was stolen far before his time!" his brother Kaydon Rakei wrote in a post for an online fundraiser on Wednesday.
Isobel Dayberg posted on Facebook that she was "gutted" for Mr Rakei's whanau - the Maori word for extended family.
"Every person has the right to go to work and come home safe," she said.
Mr Rakei's niece Honeyii Terehia Kepa said he was the "true definition of an uncle".
"All the memories from when we were little uncle all the outings all the love you gave me and my son gonna miss you so much," she said.
Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Jarrod Dwyer said the surviving victim was no longer in a critical condition but had suffered "life-changing injuries" and will remain in hospital for some time.
"He's got severe leg injuries. He's going to have an uphill battle in recovery," he told Melbourne radio 3AW on Wednesday.
Police have CCTV of the driver getting of out his car, looking at the victims and then walking away.
The man then got into a nearby black Hyundai SUV, which drove towards officers when they tried to intercept it.
"It's just a callous, cold act," Det Sen Sgt Dwyer said on Tuesday.
"It's the act of a coward."
Anybody who sees the men or the black Hyundai is urged to call triple zero.
WorkSafe has also confirmed it is investigating Mr Rakei's death.