Dead teen named

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 08:52 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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LATEST: 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 of the Taranaki CIB said.

"We believe Mr Thompson and an associate were walking from Waitara to Bell Block at 5am when he was struck by a west bound 1998 brown Holden Commodore sedan," Mr Reid said.

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

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

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

"Officers are continuing to make area inquiries and we want to speak to anyone that saw the Holden sedan between 4am and 5:15am in the Waitara and Bell Bock areas.

"We also want to speak to anyone that saw two young men walking from Waitara to Bell Block between these times. I encourage anyone with information to contact police," Mr Reid said.

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