MYSTERIOUS DEATH: Jay Bastow was killed in a suspected hit and run accident in Lowood.
MYSTERIOUS DEATH: Jay Bastow was killed in a suspected hit and run accident in Lowood. Contributed

Family pleads for answers after fatal hit and run

THE devastated family of suspected hit-and-run victim Jay Bastow has made an emotional plea for the driver responsible to come forward.

Jay's aunt, Sharyn Bastow said the family would not be able to move on until they knew the circumstances surrounding her nephew's death.

The body of the 20-year-old was found by the side of Lowood-Fernvale Rd by a passing motorist about 3.40am on Saturday.

After a night of drinking with friends, Jay had planned to spend the night at his mate's house in Lowood.

However, during the early hours of the morning, it is believed Jay decided to make his way on foot to his girlfriend's address in Fernvale.

"Regardless of how intoxicated Jay may have been, we can't understand why the driver responsible could not have avoided hitting him," Ms Bastow said. "More baffling is why this person didn't stop and attempt to call for help.

"People act differently in certain situations but if that driver was in shock, surely common sense would prevail and they would inform the police as soon as possible."

Ms Bastow said the family had been struggling to pick up the pieces in the wake of Jay's untimely death.

"The family need to know exactly what happened to Jay so they can have closure and start to rebuild their shattered lives," she said.

"The person responsible needs to do what's right - not what's easy - and take responsibility for their actions."

Ms Bastow said her nephew was "fun-loving" came from a very close-knit family and had worked for his father's company, Bastow's Earthmoving.

"He was basically a good kid, but loved to get up to all sorts of mischievous antics such as doing burnouts on his dad's forklift," she said.

"Jay loved to make people laugh and always had a smile on his face - needless to say, he was loved unconditionally by his parents."

Ipswich District inspector Keith McDonald said police were still conducting investigations into Jay's death.

Insp McDonald said police were following up on leads on possible vehicles that may have struck the former Lowood State High School student.

"We can't verify Jay's death was the result of a hit and run until we can confirm the suspected vehicle involved in the incident," he said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.