A heartbroken police officer says her "world instantly broke" after she rushed over to help a hit and run victim before realising that it was her dad who had been killed in the crash.

Sophie Thomson said she was driving to work "just like any other day" when she stopped to offer her help at a fatal crime scene in Delacombe, Australia on Thursday.

But the stunned police officer says she was quickly escorted away from the scene as it was discovered that the cyclist who had been fatally hit was her father David Thomson.

Mr Thomson, 60, was on his way to work when he was tragically struck by a car as he approached an intersection at around 5.41am on October 21.

His daughter was passing by when she noticed that a tragedy had taken place on her way to Ballarat Police Station.

"My world instantly broke," she told 9 News.

"I had unknowingly attended my dad's own crime scene."

Detective Senior Constable Sandro Lombardi, who is investigating the incident, says that the driver didn't stop after the crash and immediately took off.

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"The natural response is to stop and render assistance, but unfortunately on this occasion, the driver has fled," he said.

"It's really a tragic set of circumstances."

Police have since released footage of the "silver-coloured, sporty-like vehicle" involved in the crash and the damage that it had sustained.

Senior Constable Lombardi has urged people to assist in the investigation and asked people to "do the right thing for the family."

Senior Constable Thomson said her father, a grandfather of two, had only recently taken up bike riding to improve his fitness.

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She has issued a plea to the public and has urged the driver to turn himself in.

"David was my father, my hero and my absolute rock," she said.

"My police family won't stop looking for you.

"We just need some answers please."

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