Hunt still on for driver af­ter city hit-and-run

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Po­lice are still looking for the driver who nearly killed a stu­dent in a hi­tandin the city last week.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened while po­lice were chas­ing a stolen ve­hi­cle in the city about 12.30am last Tues­day.

Korean stu­dent Tai­jin Choi was mowed down by the stolen car while cross­ing May­oral Drive and is still in hospi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries, in­clud­ing head and in­ter­nal in­juries.

A man on sur­veil­lance footage at the Sy­monds St bar Cafe 223 at mid­night was later seen run­ning through the lower city, in­clud­ing Brit­o­mart Place, Gal­way St, Com­merce St and Tyler St, min­utes af­ter the hit-and-run.

Po­lice be­lieve the Cafe 223 pa­tron was the driver of the stolen ve­hi­cle and want to hear from any­one who spoke to him or saw him.

De­tec­tive se­nior sergeant Mark McHat­tie says wit­nesses say a man fit­ting the de­scrip­tion was ask­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic for a lift out of the city or to help him hide from po­lice.

“Any­one who has spo­ken with or as­sisted this man should con­tact us so we can track him down,” Mr McHat­tie says.

“Mr Choi’s fa­ther is un­der­stand­ably dis­tressed af­ter hav­ing seen his son’s in­juries, and is ap­peal­ing for as­sis­tance to find the driver.”

The man was wear­ing a black tshirt with a white logo or writ­ing on the front.

He has very short hair and is about 1.8 me­tres tall.

Re­port in­for­ma­tion to the Auck­land city crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion branch on 302-6400.

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