The family of a man who was killed in a hit-and-run as he rode his motorcycle to work Thursday morning left Ottawa's courthouse in tears Friday, questioning how someone could leave their brother on the road to die.

"He left the scene. There is no excuse whatsoever -- you wouldn't leave an animal there to die, let alone a human being," William Dorion, one of the victim's brothers, told reporters on Friday.

Claude Dorion, 44, died in hospital Thursday after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle two blocks from his home, near the intersection of Woodroffe Avenue and Richmond Road just before 5:30 a.m.

After a short hunt for the vehicle involved in the crash, 56-year-old Gordon Davis, of Ottawa, turned himself in to police Thursday night.

He is charged with failing to stop at an accident causing death, and police say more charges are possible.

During a brief court appearance on Friday, Davis refused to look at the victim's family, one of whom spoke out and had to be calmed by court officers.

Outside the courthouse, Dorion's five brothers and sisters struggled with how someone could leave their critically-injured brother lying on the side of the road.

"We had to see his face. We had to put a face to the person who killed our brother. That's all we wanted, just a face, and we want answers why; why he just left him there and didn't bother to stay," said Peter Dorion.

"If he would have stayed, there would have been time to save him. It would have kept the swelling down on his brain."

Dorion, who worked as a supervisor at one of the city's landfills, leaves behind a wife and 23-year-old son.

Davis is being detained until a bail hearing on Monday. Police say the cause of the collision remains under investigation.

With a report from CTV Ottawa's Natalie Pierosara