'Gentle soul' Rhyce Harding identified as victim of suspected hit-and-run in Sydney's Blackett

Rhyce Harding, 27, from Sydney, has been identified as the victim of a suspected fatal hit-and-run in New South Wales.

He was allegedly struck by an ute on Jersey Rd at Blackett, in Sydney's west, about 8.45am on Thursday.

Harding was found about 100 yards from his car. He got out of his car before being hit by a utility vehicle, police said.

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CCTV footage appears to show him clinging to the side of the ute before falling and being killed under the wheel, according to 7NEWS.

The 39-year-old man behind the wheel is believed to have fled the scene, before abandoning the vehicle in South Windsor that evening and heading to Mount Druitt police station around 6.30am on Friday.

He told police during extensive questioning that he was on his way to work when the alleged road rage incident occurred.

The 39-year-old has since been charged with manslaughter, failure to stop and assist after collision with a vehicle causing death, negligent driving (causing death) and dangerous driving resulting in death. dead.

He was refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court on Saturday.

Rhyce Harding, a 27-year-old Sydney man.
Rhyce Harding, a 27-year-old Sydney man. Credit: 7NEWS
Police on site.
Police on site. Credit: 7NEWS

Police believe Harding felt threatened by a car following him, NSW Police Acting Inspector Shane Ranee said on Thursday. “We have information that the same car hit the victim,” Ranee said.

“Apparently, the victim got out of the vehicle after being threatened by the car that was following her.

“Words were said, that’s what led us to believe that this could have happened because of a road rage incident.”

“It’s devastating. I feel bad for the victim's parents and family.

Harding, who was wearing high visibility clothing at the time, was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.

His family remembers him as “a gentle, humble, loyal, selfless soul and the glue that held everyone together.” He was employed as a landscaper in the family business.

He was also an amateur kick-boxer at World Gym Marsden Park. The gym remembered the “much-loved member” of the club “for his kindness, humility and dedication to his training.”

Harding was a landscaper and amateur kick-boxer who is remembered as a kind and gentle soul.
Harding was a landscaper and amateur kick-boxer who is remembered as a kind and gentle soul. Credit: 7NEWS

The gym's general manager, Mark Grech, described him as “a good human, a kind, polite and generous person.”

“The day after his fight night, he came in and gave a gift to every staff member who went to check on him that night.

“He was just a really good kid… even though there might have been a bit of stigma because he was a kick-boxer, he definitely wasn't an aggressive type of human, he was just a gentle soul.

“The fact that he was involved in something like this is shocking.”

Anyone with relevant information about the incident is asked to come forward.

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