A driver was flung from his car in a crash south of Te Kuiti last night, then fatally struck by another car.
The crash happened just after 9pm when a car travelling on SH30 in Kopaki crashed into a ditch.
During the crash the 22-year-old driver was thrown from the vehicle. He landed on the road and was hit by another vehicle, police said.
Two other occupants of the crashed car received minor injuries.
The Serious Crash Unit are continuing to investigate.