‘Hero’ grandfather dies following Flinders St incident
A Melbourne grandfather has died nine days after in the alleged attack in Flinders Street, where a number of pedestrians were struck by a car.
Northcote man Antonios Crocaris (above) passed away in hospital about 11.30pm yesterday, December 29, aged 83.
Hospitals have treated another 19 people following the incident, but Mr Crocaris is the only victim to have tragically died from his injuries.
Six patients remain in hospital.
Mr Crocaris’s devastated family have released a statement.
“Our father Anton had his life cruelly taken away in a senseless act of violence. These circumstances are devastating to our family. Dad is simply irreplaceable and we will never fully recover from this loss.
“He was a beloved husband of Elizabeth (dec), adored father of Freda, Tony and Bill, and cherished grandfather of Verity, Lysander and Jackson.
“Friend to all and proud citizen of Australia.
“Our deepest gratitude to the wonderful people of Melbourne and dedicated first responders who rendered him and others every assistance. Special mention to the caring staff of The Alfred Intensive Care Unit.
“Our Dad, our hero.”
Saeed Noori, a 32-year-old Heidelberg West man, has been charged with 18 counts of attempted murder and one count of conduct endangering life.
Homicide Squad detectives are expected to upgrade one of those charges to Murder.