Hit and run hunt narrows
Police are yet to charge anyone in connection with a hit and run in Twizel that hospitalised two men at the weekend.
However, police believe they have identified people who were involved in incidents that led to the hit and run following a party in the town.
Detective Senior Sergeant Richard Quested, of Timaru, said at around 3am on Sunday, two men aged 27 and 24 were injured in the hit and run incident on Mackenzie Drive.
The injured men were taken to the Twizel Medical Centre and later airlifted to Dunedin Hospital. One suffered spinal injuries and the other head injuries, he said.
While one of the men had since been discharged from hospital, the other remained in hospital but his injuries were not life threatening, Quested said.
Police believe there was a party on nearby Omahau Crescent in Twizel on Saturday night. It appeared there was an altercation between some of the party goers and, as a result, two people were hit by a vehicle on Mackenzie Drive, Quested said.
The Criminal Investigation Branch had under taken a scene investigation, and was continuing to interview witnesses, he said.
Police believe they have identified people who were involved in ‘‘a range of incidents’’ that occurred during the night, includ- ing the altercation and the hit and run.
Quested said they would make an assessment on the next course of action and decide if any charges would be laid but as of Tuesday afternoon no arrests had been made.
He confirmed alcohol was a factor in events but whether or not the driver of the car that hit the two men was intoxicated was yet to be determined.
Police wish to speak with anyone at the party or anyone that saw people at 3am Sunday on Mackenzie Dr or in the hours following
Police have seized a white 1990 Honda Civic sedan. Investigations were continuing into how many people were in the vehicle.