Hit and run hunt nar­rows

The Timaru Herald - - FRONT PAGE - MEGAN SUTHER­LAND

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.

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