A warrant is out for the arrest of a man accused of hitting a 5-year-old boy and driving off, after he failed to appear in court yesterday.
Joshua Manukapei Watson, 27, of Hastings, has been charged with failing to stop and ascertain injury on August 13.
Sergeant Clint Adamson said Watson handed himself in to Flaxmere police station last week after pressure was applied by the community. It is alleged he knocked Kayzah-Shae Wairama off his sister's bike outside his Hastings home last Tuesday night.
The young boy suffered serious head injuries and was flown to Starship children's hospital in Auckland.
He has since been moved from the paediatric intensive care unit and was in a stable condition yesterday.
Police were making further inquiries to see if more charges would be laid. The car involved in the hit-and-run had been found.
"We got hold of the car and this guy's name due to information coming from the Flaxmere community - so that's a credit to them."
A Hastings District Court registrar issued a warrant for Watson's arrest because he failed to answer a court summons.
Kayzah-Shae's mother, Melanie Shillingford, was shocked to hear that he did not appear in court.
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