The man killed after he was hit by a car in Tauranga yesterday has been named as local resident Cyril Walter Jaggard.

The 87-year-old died after being hit by a car on Vale St, Otumoetai.

Police thanked members of the public and doctors from the Bureta Medical Centre for their assistance at the scene.

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Witness tells of horror crash that killed elderly pedestrian

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A badly shaken Tauranga woman, known only as Lynette, told the Bay of Plenty Times she witnessed the crash.

Lynette said she had been one of a number of passengers on a bus heading towards the CBD.

The scene where Cyril Walter Jaggard, of Brookfield, was killed. Photo/Andrew Warner
The scene where Cyril Walter Jaggard, of Brookfield, was killed. Photo/Andrew Warner

"From my seat on the bus I could see it all. It was so horrible and very tragic."

She said the man was hit halfway across the pedestrian crossing.

He was flung into the air and crashed down on the ground.

"I prayed to our Lord Jesus Christ to comfort the old man and end his suffering. Blood was coming from his head and there was blood everywhere on the ground. I knew straight way he was probably gone or unlikely to survive."