The 25-year-old Te Puke man who was critically injured when he was hit by a car has been flown to Waikato Hospital.
TrustPower TECT Rescue Helicopter pilot Liam Brettkelly said they were called to transfer the man to Waikato Hospital this morning.
He said the man had received critical head injuries when he was allegedly struck by a car that didn't stop near Papamoa.
The man critically injured when he was hit by a car has been identified as a 25 year old Te Puke man.
The man, who was struck by a car on Papamoa Beach Rd near Allan Pl about 5.45am, sustained critical injuries and had been transferred to Waikato Hospital.
Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion said a police crash analyst attended the scene and the Tauranga bound lane on Papamoa Beach Road was reopened at 9.20am.
The man's family have been informed.
Police would like to speak with anyone who may have seen the man walking along Papamoa Beach Rd between Parton and Domain roads between 5.30am and 5.45am this morning.
Phone Constable Ian Sadler on 5783460 if you have information.
The man hit by a car on Papamoa Beach Rd this morning has not yet been identified.
A Tauranga hospital spokesperson said the man, believed to be aged between about 17 and 22-years-old, was being airlifted to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition.
St John Tauranga operations team manager Bill McNeilly said the man, who they believed was about 18-years-old, was taken to Tauranga Hospital with serious head injuries.
Police Sergeant Nigel Ramsden said it seemed the man had walked into the middle of the road where he was run down just east of Allan Pl about 5.45am.
Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion said inquiries into the identity of the injured man were continuing.
A man is in a critical condition after he was hit by a car this morning.
The man was taken to Tauranga Hospital shortly after he was run down at 5.45am on Papamoa Beach Rd.
The incident happened near Allan Plc and police were still at the scene at 8am.