Police appeal for witnesses to hit-and-run

Police are appealing for witnesses to a hit-and-run incident where a motorist drove over a cyclist's legs.
Fairfax NZ

Police are appealing for witnesses to a hit-and-run incident where a motorist drove over a cyclist's legs.

A young cyclist has undergone surgery after an unidentified motorist drove over his legs.

The 18-year-old was riding southbound near the Pak 'n Save supermarket on Wainoni Rd between 9.15pm and 10.15pm on August 8, when a black Toyota, possibly a Corolla, turned into the supermarket car park in front of him. 

Senior Constable Peter Carrington said the cyclist fell from his bike when it collided with the car, which ran over the cyclist's legs and drove away.

Carrington said the young man suffered "significant injuries", requiring surgery. He was recovering at home. 

Police believed the car's driver was male, and had a female passenger, he said.

They were appealing for witness to the hit-and-run incident. 

"The driver did not stop and drove back out of the Pak 'n Save car park," Carrington said. 

"We are also keen to identify the good Samaritan who took the victim to Christchurch Hospital A&E in her car after the crash."

Carrington asked those who witnesses the crash or had information to call 03 363 7400.

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