A pedestrian is in a serious condition in hospital after being hit by a car on State Highway 2 in Hutt Valley.
Senior Sergeant Wade Jennings said a 17-year-old youth using a signalised crossing over SH2 from the riverbank to Groundsell Cres was hit by a car at 10.49am.
The male teenager had been taken to Hutt Hospital with serious chest and head injuries and a broken arm.
A hospital spokeswoman said the teenager was in a serious but stable condition with multiple injuries. He would be admitted to the intensive care unit.
The woman driver of the car was speaking with police and Victim Support.
Police said the teenager appeared to have crossed against a stop signal into oncoming traffic.
The early indications were that the 17-year-old had crossed SH2 while traffic had right of way, Senior Sergeant Wade Jennings said at the scene.
It appeared the man had crossed from the Hutt River side, paused on a traffic island and was then struck as he tried to cross the road in front of Hutt City Motel, Mr Jennings said.
"The traffic flow was normal and was on the green light when he was struck by the car."
Hundreds of northbound vehicles were diverted while the scene was examined and cleared.
The scene had been cleared and the road reopened by 1pm.
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