Boy racer kills dog in hit-and-run

SARAH-JANE O'CONNOR
Last updated 12:14 31/12/2013
Debby Lange and Zeta
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DEVASTATED: Debby Lange saw her miniature schnauzer Zeta killed in a hit-and-run.

Richmond Workingmen's Club scenef
John Kirk-Anderson
FATAL SCENE: The family dog was killed on the pavement outside the Richmond Workingmen's Club.

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A double tragedy was narrowly avoided, say police, after an out-of-control car veered onto a Christchurch footpath hitting and killing a dog.

Debby Lange was walking her "baby" Zeta, a five-year-old miniature schnauzer, along Stanmore Rd yesterday evening when a car doing burnouts skid across the road and hit the dog on the footpath.

Panicked, Zeta escaped her leash and ran across the road where she was hit by a second car.

Lange said she took Zeta with her everywhere, and often visited the neighbouring Sideline Sports Bar on Stanmore Rd.

After the accident, Lange picked up Zeta's body and took her to the familiar bar for help. Staff there took the dog to the vet, where she was pronounced dead.

Staff said Zeta was adored by everyone at the bar, and the ''lovely dog'' would be missed.

Lange thanked the staff and patrons for looking after her and helping with Zeta.

Today, Zeta's body will be taken to Lange's parents' house in Rolleston to be buried.

The pair were on the footpath outside the site of the recently demolished Richmond Workingmen's Club when a blue Holden Commodore, travelling south along Stanmore Rd, skidded across.

Lange said the car drove off in the same direction after hitting Zeta.

Lange hoped that someone would be able to help police find the driver. ''He knew he hit her,'' she said.

Constable Steve Sibley said it was lucky it was not a "double tragedy" as the car narrowly missed Lange.

Police were looking for a blue Holden commodore, 1984 model, but a partial registration had not narrowed down the search.

Sibley said finding it would be a "needle in a haystack" especially with visitors to Christchurch for the holidays and the rebuild.

He hoped someone would come forward with information to help police piece together what happened.

Any information to Constable Steve Sibley 021 191 1385 or anonymously via 0800 555 111.

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