Pedestrian dead after being hit by drink-driver

Last updated 15:22 02/02/2014
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ROBERT CHARLES

Traffic diversions are in place on State Highway 3 after a man was hit by a car.

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A woman has been charged with drink-driving causing death after a man walking along State Highway 3 was hit and killed early this morning.

The 19-year-old who died about 5am was Wiremu Vincent Thompson of Bell Block, Detective Byron Reid said.

Thompson was walking home with a friend after attending a party in Waitara when he was hit by a vehicle near Big Jim's Garden Centre on SH3, Reid said.

After the collision, the driver, aged 37, went to the police station in New Plymouth where she was interviewed, Reid said.

She faces a charge of driving with excess breath alcohol causing death.

She is to appear in the New Plymouth District Court on Wednesday.

Reid said police are asking for sightings of the young men on State Highway 3 prior to the collision.

Anyone with with information can contact police on (06) 215 4151 or information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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