Hit-run victim Natasha Gadd.
Hit-run victim Natasha Gadd.

No bail over young soccer star's hit-run death

A SYDNEY driver charged over the hit-run death of a rising soccer star had organised to have his Hilux ute repaired, a court has heard.

Seng Hong Mam, 35, appeared in Fairfield Local Court yesterday charged with driving the ute that struck and killed 19-year-old Natasha Gadd on Sunday in Milperra as she walked home with friends at 4.30am.

Mr Mam was charged on Tuesday night after a white Toyota Hilux was discovered by police in a factory in St Peters, in Sydney's Inner West, about 8.30pm.

A rising soccer star, Ms Gadd was walking home from a friend's birthday in the city when she was killed.

She had just been selected as a goalkeeper in St George Football Club's premier league side and was working two jobs to save enough money to travel to Thailand.

The police prosecutor told the court Mr Mam had organised to have repairs done to the Hilux ute, which allegedly ran down Ms Gadd, to conceal his involvement.

The court was told Mr Mam had nine bail breaches and was driving on a suspended licence.

Magistrate Peter Miszalski denied bail to Mr Mam, saying he was a flight risk. The accused is understood to be from Cambodia, AAP reported.

Ms Gadd's family was devastated to learn the driver allegedly returned to the scene 11 minutes after the collision with Ms Gadd - but left a second time without phoning 000.

"To hit someone and come back have a look and still keep driving ... it's sort of like they left her to die twice,” Natasha's mother Charmain Gadd told the Daily Telegraph.

"I hope whoever (did this) hands themselves in.”

Police said the vehicle had been seized and would undergo forensic examination.

Mr Mam will appear before Burwood Local Court on November 22.

- Andrew Koubaridis

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