Driver charged over hit and run crash that killed teenager

Ōamaru police have arrested a man after a 14-year-old girl was killed in a hit and run incident last night.

The teenager was killed when she was hit by a vehicle on State Highway 1 near the Waitaki Aquatic Centre at about 10.40pm.

Police have now confirmed a 30-year-old man - who is believed to be the
driver of the vehicle involved in the crash - has been charged with
failing to stop to ascertain injury.

The man will appear in the Ōamaru District Court at the next available hearing date.

Police said further charges may be laid.

Police still want to speak with any witnesses of the crash, particularly
the driver of a truck that was travelling north shortly before the

St Kevin's College in Ōamaru confirmed the teenager was one of its year 10 students.

In a statement released online, it said support was being offered to
students and the chapel had been opened as a safe place for students to
meet and grieve.

"As expected, this has and will continue to have a traumatic effect on
our school and particularly on the students who knew and loved her," the
statement said.

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher said the death had left Ōamaru residents in shock.

"The general response from the community, as you'd expect, is one of
shock and sadness. It's not the sort of thing that any community wants
to wake up to.

"It's just a terrible situation and hopefully we'll get more information as to a bit more about what happened."

Mr Kircher appealed for anyone who knew anything about the incident to come forward.

Part of State Highway 1 remained closed after the hit and run and
southbound traffic was being redirected to a detour along Thames St and
Itchen St.

NZTA said northbound motorists could use the highway, but were advised to take extra care.

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