Man killed after being hit by car while sitting on bench in Northland
A man has died after he was hit by a car while sitting on a bench in Northland.
A police spokesperson said the 54-year-old man died in Kaitaia's Commerce St just after 1am.
"A 20-year-old man has been arrested," the spokeswoman said.
"He will appear in the Kaitaia District Court this afternoon."
She said he is facing charges of excess alcohol causing death.
Local resident Salanieca Salu was on her way home from work when she saw what she believed was the car speeding before the crash.
She said it was going about 80-100kph.
"I was scared," the 38-year-old said.
"Sirens were going on and on early this morning so I couldn't sleep until about 4.30.
"I was shocked. I never saw that in my life, lucky I was driving slow."