A Rakaia teenager run over and killed on Saturday night may
have been lying down on the road at the time, police say.
Danny Mathew Hendriks, 18, was struck by a car on Acton Road,
just 700m east of Rakaia township, at around 10.55pm on
Initial inquiries indicate that Mr Hendriks was wearing dark
clothing and lying on the unlit rural road, local senior
constable Mike Jackson said today.
Police are still working to establish Mr Hendriks' movements
in the hours leading up to the crash.
"We understand that he had been with a group attending a
function in Christchurch earlier in the day, and returned to
the Rakaia area during the evening," said Mr Jackson.
"It's believed Mr Hendriks was heading to an address on the
outskirts of the town, but at this stage we do not know the
details of his movements on Saturday night."
Police are appealing for information from anyone who may have
seen a man walking in the area of Bridge Street/SH1 in
Rakaia, and Elizabeth Ave or Michael Street to the east of
Senior Constable Jackson says Police have interviewed the
driver and two passengers of the vehicle involved in the
Inquiries are continuing and no decision has been made on
whether any charges will be laid in relation to the crash.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Rakaia Police on
03 302 7009, or Christchurch police on 03 3637400.