Speed and alcohol not a factor: police
Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors influencing the driver who crashed into a pedestrian in Morrinsville at the weekend.
The 19-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries when he was struck on residential Lorne St at about 1.30am on Saturday.
But Morrinsville Police Sergeant Vic Sneddon said there appeared to be a slight improvement in his condition today. However, he remains in an induced coma at Waikato Hospital.
It appears that the man was walking in the middle of the roadway when he was hit, Mr Sneddon said, and that alcohol and speed were not contributing factors for the driver.
''The inquiry is ongoing. The police were there very quickly because the guys were working in the area at the time. Because of the injuries, the serious crash unit will run the investigation into the cause and we'll be guided by them.
''There's no suggestion of excess speed of alcohol for the [driver of the] vehicle. The what, where and how the person got there are still being investigated.''
Police said weather conditions and lighting were poor at the spot where the man was hit.
They were speaking to the car's driver straight after the incident.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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