Police seeking hit and run driver

By Roger Moroney

A motorcyclist who was hit from behind by a utility vehicle police say was travelling at speed through Hyderabad Rd in Napier on Wednesday night was lucky to walk away with only minor injuries.

While the rider managed to walk away, the driver of the utility decided to drive away, and Napier police are now on the search.

Constable Grant Marshall said they were keen to speak to the driver or anyone who witnessed the incident, which happened about 7pm near the intersection with Corunna Bay.

"The ute was travelling at speed and after hitting the motorbike careered across both lanes of Hyderabad Rd before hitting the centre island at the Corunna Bay intersection."

He said it then continued along Hyderabad Rd towards central Napier on the wrong side of the road - the driver returning to the right side when reaching the Prebensen Drive roundabout.

Mr Marshall said the rider of the blue Suzuki motorcycle was thrown, along with the bike, onto the footpath.

The utility is described as a red Mazda Bounty model with a chrome or silver deck tray on the back.

Anyone with any information about the driver or the incident is asked to contact Mr Marshall at Napier Police on 8310700.

Meanwhile, Hastings Police are still searching for the driver of a light brown Ford that burst into flames when it crashed into a concrete power pole on Te Aute Rd on Tuesday night.

The crash left some residents without power for almost 24 hours. Witnesses said the driver escaped the burning car and quickly got into another vehicle which was following behind. Police said yesterday they are looking into some lines of enquiry.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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