Police have released the name of a 19-year-old man killed
when he was hit by a car in Taranaki this morning has been
Wiremu Vincent Thompson, of Bell Block, and a friend were
walking from Waitara to Bell Block about 5am when Mr Thompson
was struck by a westbound 1998 brown Holden Commodore sedan,
Police are appealing for information about the incident,
which resulted in a 37-year-old woman being charged with
drunk driving causing death.
"The driver notified police and emergency services attended;
however, Mr Thompson died at the scene," Detective Byron Reid
of Taranaki CIB said.
"Officers are continuing to make area inquiries and we want
to speak to anyone that saw the Holden sedan between 4am and
5.15am in the Waitara and Bell Bock areas.
"We also want to speak to anyone that saw two young men
walking from Waitara to Bell Block between these times."
A 37-year-old New Plymouth woman has been arrested and
charged with driving with excess breath alcohol causing
The serious crash unit was investigating.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Mr Reid on 06
Information could also be provided anonymously to the
organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.