The fiancee of a Deliveroo cyclist killed in a hit and run in Ireland has issued a heartbroken plea for whoever struck him to come forward.
The heartbroken father of Thiago Cortes, 28, has said he is “revolted” by his son’s tragic death.
The delivery cyclist and student, originally from Brazil, died from his injuries after he was knocked down while cycling in Dublin late Monday night.
He was rushed to hospital in serious condition, but tragically died with his love by his side in his final moments, Dublin Live reports.
He had been working as a delivery driver to save money for his wedding to fiancee Theresa Dontas and toward his masters degree studies.
Thiago’s devastated fiancee prayed and laid flowers at the site where he was mown down as mourners and his colleagues held a vigil in Dublin yesterday.
Gardai have launched a manhunt after the car that struck Thiago failed to stop at the scene.
Reports claim detectives say they have identified a suspect but have not yet made an arrest.
The Sun reports officers want to speak to a teenage boy on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Deliveroo riders joined Theresa in the powerful vigil yesterday, as they rallied behind Thiago’s friends’ and family’s call for answers.
Devastated colleagues chanted Thiago’s name and carried signs on their bikes during the vigil on O’Connell Street, organised by the English Language Students’ Union of Ireland.
Demonstrators held up banners reading #justiceforthiago and #immigrantlivesmatter.
There were emotional scenes as mourners held prayers in Portuguese then laid flowers at the site where Thiago was hit.
His heartbroken fiancee told Today with Claire Byrne she had heard news a delivery rider had been hit, then rushed to hospital where she watched in shock as Thiago succumbed to his injuries.
Theresa recalled how she had heard that a Deliveroo rider had been in an accident and began to suspect it may have been her fiance.
“That moment I felt it might be him because he hadn’t texted me for over an hour that time. And we tried to call him several times with no answer.”
Upon finding out Thiago hac been struck by a car, she rushed to Dublin’s Mater Hospital where the gravity of his plight hit her.
She said: “When we were on the way there they told me he was alive but from the tone I knew it was something really serious.”
Theresa was told by the doctor treating Thiago that his injuries would be very difficult to survive.
She stayed with Thiago in the Intensive Care Unit where he was being treated until his final moments.
Theresa said: “I got to see him when he was in the Emergency Room and after when he was in the ICU.
“I spent the whole Tuesday there and the night as well until his last moment.”
She said the couple had moved to Ireland from Brazil in search of a better life.
Thiago had been working for Deliveroo while he studied towards a Master’s degree.
Theresa said: “We’ve been together for over six years. He was the one who wanted to come to Ireland first. He convinced me to come here and I did and I don’t regret it at
“He wasn’t really happy in Brazil and he thought he might get better opportunities.
“He wanted to come here to get a better life. And we were getting that, we had a great life here.”
There has been an outpouring of grief across the country in the wake of Thiago’s tragic death.
Theresa said: “It was amazing to see how many people were there. A lot of people didn’t know him and they were all touched. It could have happened to any of them or any of us. Unfortunately it was him.
“But I was really really happy to see the amount of love and support yesterday and since the accident we have been receiving the same support from the Brazilian community, from Irish people and it’s just amazing to see how much love is around.”
Thiago’s devastated dad paid tribute to his son as he demanded justice.
He wrote on Facebook: “It will be impossible to forget the day they stole from me the most precious asset.
“Today my dear son passed away. I am revolted by how death took him so unexpectedly.”
Residents of Spencer Dock, near where Thiago was knocked down, have launched a GoFundMe campaign for his family to help repatriate his body to Brazil.
Organiser John Goodwin said: “We, the residents of nearby Spencer Dock community are sickened and saddened at the unnecessary and untimely death of this young man out making an honest living.
“We want to support his family and friends during this tragedy and we want to donate money to help the family fund the repatriation costs and additional funeral expenses. Its a small sign of love and respect from his home-away-from-home in Ireland.”
Gardai continue to investigate the incident, believed to have taken place at about 10.30pm on North Wall Quay.
Theresa pleaded with anyone who might have information to come forward to the Gardai.
She said: “Please come forward. If you know something just tell the guards. Tell anyone.
“We need to know. Something has to be done. Unfortunately it happened, but it could happen again and I don’t want that to happen to anyone in the future.
“These people have to answer for what they did.”
Mirror Online has approached the Garda for comment.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room at Store Street Garda station 01 6668000 or the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.
You can visit the fundraising page here.