An Olympian has been charged with running down a 66-year-old man on an early-morning walk to his 102-year-old mother’s house before leaving the victim to die.
Matthias Ungemach once went stroke-for-stroke against the legendary Australian ‘Oarsome Foursome’ crew, but on Thursday he faced Manly Local Court over the fatal incident earlier in the year.
Ungemach, 52, was arrested at his Curl Curl home on Thursday morning after a nearly five-month investigation by NSW Police.
Matthias Ungemach (pictured) faced Manly Local Court on Thursday charged with the hit-and-run death of Antonio ‘Tony’ Plati, 66 on February 22
Antonio ‘Tony’ Plati, 66, died after he was struck while on an early morning walk at Freshwater on February 22.
The 66-year-old was found conscious in the middle of Oliver Street with serious head injuries and taken to Royal North Shore Hospital, where he later died.
In March, a funeral was held for Mr Plati where he was described as a devoted family man who acted as a full-time carer for his 102-year-old mother Maria and lived with her at their home in Waratah St.
His mother was among more than 700 mourners at St Kevins Catholic Church who heard of his kind and giving nature, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Antonio ‘Tony’ Plati has found conscious in the middle of Oliver Street with serious head injuries and taken to Royal North Shore Hospital, where he later died (pictured, the VW ute alleged to have killed Mr Plati)
Police launched a public appeal for information after his death and formed Strike Force Clarefield to investigate the incident.
It will be alleged Ungemach failed to stop after his car struck Mr Plati.
A funeral was held for Mr Plati (pictured) in March where more than 700 mourners heard that he was a kind and giving family man
He has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, failing to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing death and negligent driving occasioning death.
Police earlier this year raided Mosman Rowing Club, where Ungemach works as the director of rowing, and seized a VW Amarok Ute and boat trailer.
Ungemach was granted conditional bail and will appear in court again on September 2.
Ungemach was a two-time world champion with the German team during the 1990s.
He was a part of the German men’s coxed four team which won the 1991 world title in Vienna, Austria with a world record time of 5:58.96 – a mark which still stands.
Ungemach, 52, was arrested at his Curl Curl home on Thursday morning after a nearly five-month investigation (pictured)
He is also a two-time Olympian and was a member of the German team which finished fourth in the men’s coxless fours final in 1992 in Spain.
The event was won by the Australian team of Andrew Cooper, Nick Green, Mike McKay and James Tomkins – commonly referred to as the ‘Oarsome Foursome’.
Ungemach serves as a coach at Mosman Rowing Club alongside his wife and fellow Olympian Judith Ungemach.
He has led the Under-21 Australian Men’s Sweep program and led several aspiring athletes to the Junior World Championships in Germany.