Police are trying to piece together why a man was on a highway when he was struck by a passing car and killed near Nelson.
The 40-year-old was hit after he parked alongside Moutere Highway, between Redwood Valley Rd and Greenacres Rd, about 6.20pm on Sunday. Police are still working to contact his next of kin, who are all in Germany.
He is a New Zealand resident with no family here.
The man had lived in New Zealand for many years, Detective John Nicholls said.
Nicholls told the Nelson Mail at the scene police were trying to piece together what happened and why the man was on the road.
"It's a very dark road, a very straight piece of road.
"We're just trying to speak to people who were initially on the scene, other motorists and other people of interest, to establish what occurred."
A police spokeswoman said it was yet to be established what the man was doing on the road at the time, but there was no evidence he was doing anything with his small van, like changing a tyre.
The driver of the car that hit him was uninjured, but was receiving victim support.
Anyone with information should contact Nelson police, ph 546 3840.
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