Wanaka police are talking the driver of a white four wheel drive utility as part of their inquiries into the death of a motorist between Wanaka and Lake Hawea early on Thursday morning.
Police told reporters in Wanaka this afternoon they were speaking to the driver, but were unsure if it's his white ute that was seen in the area at the time of the crash.
Even if it was, they also weren't sure if the mystery object that killed farm worker Rutger Telford Hale, 22, came from the vehicle.
The motorist police are talking to regularly travels the road and had been travelling on the road around the time of the crash.
Hale was travelling with his 26-year-old partner Deezy Dee on the Lake Hawea to Albert Town Road at 6.25am yesterday when the object smashed through his windscreen and killed him. Whatever it was then flew out through the rear window.
Dee was uninjured but had to grab the steering wheel of the blue Subaru car to control it.
Hale had moved from Auckland to the Hawea area, near Wanaka, a few weeks ago.
Officers stopped cars travelling on State Highway 6 north of Wanaka and visited addresses in the area this morning as they searched for the mystery object. Cameron said police received several details they are following up on, but did not elaborate.
"We're still keen for anyone to contact us if they have any information that might assist in relation to our investigation of this crash."
Rosie Foster, who was house sitting nearby, she said she was in bed about to get up when she heard the sound of the emergency services' sirens in the area.
Foster spoke to police, who told her something had possibly fallen out the back of another vehicle and hit the windscreen.
"I feel really awful that it happened right there and we couldn't do more. I hope it's not because someone has thrown something," Foster said.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact Wanaka police on (03) 443 7272 or their nearest police station.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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