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Tributes for victim as fatal road-rage accused charged

The World Gym Marsden Park in Sydney has paid tribute to Rhyce Harding who died in a road incident.

The World Gym Marsden Park in Sydney has paid tribute to Rhyce Harding who died in a road incident. Photo: Facebook (World Gym)

A landscaper who was likely dragged 100 metres in an alleged road-rage incident has been remembered for his kind and humble nature.

Tributes are flowing for Rhyce Harding, 27, who was on his way to work when he was killed in the alleged encounter with a ute driver.

An avid kickboxer, Harding had reportedly recently started his own landscaping business.

He was allegedly hit by a white ute that had been following him, after getting out of his car at Blackett in Sydney’s west.

Dressed in high-visibility workwear, Harding can be seen in footage hanging off the side of the alleged offender’s ute as he’s dragged down the street before ending up on the ground.

Emergency services were called to Jersey Road on Thursday morning after reports a pedestrian had been hit by a car.

He died at the scene while being treated by paramedics.

The other driver allegedly left the area.

Acting Inspector Shane Ranee said the incident likely followed a road-rage confrontation.

“Words were said, that’s what led us to believe it could have happened because of a road rage-incident,” he said on Thursday.

Footage shows a man in high-vis clinging to the ute. Photo: 9NEWS

A 39-year-old man went to Mount Druitt police station and was arrested about 6.30am on Friday.

By Friday afternoon he was charged with manslaughter, failing to stop and assist after a vehicle impact causing death, negligent driving (occasioning death) and dangerous driving occasioning death.

He was refused bail and is set to appear before Parramatta Local Court on Saturday.

A white Toyota Hilux was seized in the nearby suburb of Windsor and will undergo forensic examination.

World Gym in Marsden Park said its staff and members were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of “one of our beloved members”.

“Rhyce was a much-loved member of our club, who will always be remembered for his kindness, humbleness and dedication to his training,” the club said in a Facebook post on Friday.

Stacey Disbray told the Sydney Morning Herald that Harding was her “best friend” and helped raise her young children.

“He was the best role model, always there when we needed him, never expecting anything in return,” she said.

She said he once spent a month practising his make-up skills so the kids looked amazing for Halloween.

“There was never a time he didn’t think of everyone else above himself, he was an amazing one-of-a-kind man who has left everyone who loved him absolutely shattered.”

Police did not know if the victim and the other driver knew each other before the incident.

-with AAP

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