Otorohanga death: 21-year-old charged

Ocean Heke was walking home from a friends 18th birthday party when she was hit by a vehicle. Photo / Supplied
Ocean Heke was walking home from a friends 18th birthday party when she was hit by a vehicle. Photo / Supplied

A 21-year-old man has been charged in relation to the death of Ocean Heke in Otorohanga at the weekend.

The man charged today with drink driving causing death, said Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Patterson.

Mr Patterson said the man will appear in Hamilton District Court tomorrow.

However, the investigation was ongoing and police would still like to hear from anyone who has useful information.

"I am grateful to the communities of Te Kuiti and Otorohanga for supporting our inquiry and I hope they continue to do so for this terrible tragedy," said Mr Patterson.

Ocean, 17, was walking home from a friends 18th birthday party when she was hit by a vehicle.

Her body was found at the scene about 6am on Sunday.

- NZ Herald

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