Workmates distraught after teen killed by car

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 05:00 07/04/2014

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The death of a teenager struck by a car as he walked along an unlit rural Canterbury road has left his workmates distraught.

Danny Mathew Hendriks, 18, of Rakaia, died at the scene after being hit by the car in Acton Rd about 11pm on Saturday.

It is understood the driver was a woman in her 30s on the way home with passengers after visiting a pub. It is understood the woman called police.

Sergeant Bryan Ennis, of Ashburton, said the driver was tested for blood-alcohol levels and the results were awaited. No decision would be made on charges until after the serious crash unit had finished its investigation, he said.

Hendriks, who lived with his grandparents in Rakaia, was a first-year service technician apprentice at Smallbone Ltd in Ashburton.

Smallbone general manager Gary Clement said staff were told yesterday and a meeting would be held this morning to ensure everyone knew about Hendriks's death.

"The team are pretty distraught and understandably are upset."

Hendriks's mother lived in Australia, he said.

Ennis has asked for anyone who saw a young man walking along Acton Rd and Michael St in Rakaia between 10pm and 11.30pm on Saturday to contact police.

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