Man arrested over fatal Auckland hit and run

AMY MAAS
Last updated 17:04 15/11/2012

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A man arrested in connection with a fatal hit and run has been given name suppression so his elderly father can be told.

The 24-year-old Pt Chevalier construction worker appeared in the Auckland District Court this afternoon and was given a "holding" charge of common assault over the death of Uilisuni Ofa in Waterview yesterday.

More charges are expected.

Ofa died in the early hours of yesterday after he was hit by a car near Oakley Ave on Great North Rd about 1.20am. 

The silver Subaru police believe struck and killed the Avondale resident was found at a property in Pt Chevalier.

Defence lawyer John Kovacevich asked for the matter to be adjourned to tomorrow so an application for bail could be prepared.

He asked for interim suppression of the man's name so he could personally tell the man's father that his son had been charged.

Judge David Harvey agreed on "compassionate" grounds and suppressed the man's name until his next appearance tomorrow.  

Police still want to find and speak to any passengers in the car when it crashed.

It's believed there were two or more people in the car.

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