Fatal crash in Palmerston North

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 18:40 01/08/2014
Rangitikei fatal
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State Highway 3, near the Newbury Line and Rangitikei Line, was closed after a pedestrian was killed.

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Police have released the name of a pedestrian killed in a collision on the outskirts of Palmerston North this morning.

Shane William Foster, 28, of Bunnythorpe died after being struck by a car on Rangitikei Line in Newbury, just north of the city about 5.55am today.

Palmerston North police Sergeant Gina Atkinson said officers were still speaking to the driver of the vehicle and witnesses as they tried to piece together what caused the crash.

"We still don't have all the facts and we have more inquires to make and the Serious Crash Unit is supporting us with our investigation," Atkinson said.

Foster died at the scene and the sole male occupant of the car was "obviously very shaken" but not injured, police said earlier today.

The serious crash unit from Palmerston North was investigating and traffic was diverted down Newbury Line and Hansens Line until about 9.30am.

Barely a remnant of the incident, on a straight piece of road on Rangitikei Line, was left when the cordon was lifted.

A man living near the crash site, who did not wish to be named, said he was up and about when he heard the collision.

''I heard screeching tyres, well, lock up of brakes, and a loud thud.''

Initially, the man said he expected someone had hit some livestock.

When he got to the scene, a body was lying in the road, having been carried some distance on the front of a red Toyota Corolla, falling off when the car came to a stop.

The front of the vehicle was crumpled and driver of the vehicle, a man, was in shock, he said.

''It must be horrific [for him]''

''It was not a good scene to wake up to.''

Another person, who reached the scene before him, had already called emergency services, and he spent about 10 minutes doing traffic control, he said.

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