Teen killed in crash near Rakaia

An 18-year-old man was killed when he was hit by a car just outside Rakaia in Canterbury late on Saturday night.

Danny Mather Hendriks, 18, from Rakaia, was hit on Acton Road at 11pm.

Acton Road is a rural road on the outskirts of Rakaia township. It does not have footpaths or lighting.

The vehicle stopped and the driver called emergency services but Mr Hendriks died at the scene.

The Rakaia Volunteer Fire Brigade was called in to assist at the accident but officer in charge Murray Smith was unable to comment.

Ashburton Sergeant Bryan Ennis said a female driver had been been subjected to a blood alcohol test and police were waiting on results.

He said it was too early to know whether any charges may be laid.

There were passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

Police were calling for any witnesses that may have seen a male walking on either State Highway 1, Michael Street or Acton Road at Rakaia between 10pm and 11.15pm on Saturday.

The scene was examined by the Serious Crash Unit.

- By Toni Williams of the Ashburton Guardian

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