Rotorua police believe within five minutes of visiting a service station, a young man died after being struck by a car, and then hit by at least one other vehicle.
Police were still investigating the death of 20-year-old Israel Jack, and had raised an important timeline question.
Officers investigating the death said he was at the Caltex service station around 4.20am.
The call to report he had been hit by a car was made at 4.25am - at the same time the second of at least two vehicles hit him.
Detective Senior Sergeant Zane Smith said there was a gap of only five minutes between Jack being in the station and the emergency call being made.
"In that time Mr Jack has covered a distance just shy of 1.4km," Smith said.
"It is really important that we gather as much information about Mr Jack's movements along that stretch of road so that we can establish without doubt how he covered that distance and how he came to be lying in the road when he was struck by the two vehicles."
Jack had been socialising in town before walking along Te Ngae Rd.
Police wanted to hear from anyone who saw Jack who had not yet spoken with police, or anyone who was travelling along Te Ngae Road who saw anything relevant.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Rotorua Police on 07 348 0099. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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