Teenager killed in Rangiora crash
Police say ''it's an absolute mystery'' why a teenager was lying on a rural road when he was hit by a vehicle in North Canterbury this morning.
The 17-year-old, from Woodend, was killed a short distance from his home in the crash on Boys Rd, near Rangiora about 3.30am this morning.
Senior Sergeant Malcolm Johnston said the teenager, who had not been seen by family for two days, may have been drinking and asleep on the road.
He could also have been hit previously by another vehicle or dumped there, but both those scenarios were very unlikely, Johnston said.
Police were not treating the death as suspicious, but would keep a close eye on the autopsy today.
''It [why he was lying on the road] is an absolute mystery at this stage.''
Johnston said the 47-year-old driver of the 4WD was on his way to work when the crash occurred.
''At the last minute he's seen something dark lying on the road, but didn't have time to stop. He realised just as he went over the top that it was a person.
''The driver is extremely distraught and quite traumatised as you would expect.''
The rural road was a 100 km/h area and conditions were good apart from a light fog at the time.
The teenager was wearing dark clothing, which would have made him difficult to see, Johnston said.
The driver was breath tested and no alcohol was found in his system.
Police's serious crash unit is investigating.
The name of the victim is expected to be released once formal identification has been completed.