Boy racers suspected in hit-and-run
Sun, 16 Sep 2012 6:00p.m.
By Krissy Moreau
Boy racers are in the spotlight again after one male was killed and the other put in hospital. The pair were struck when the group they were with were congregating in the Christchurch suburb of Hornby.
It's one of two alleged hit-and-run incidents in Christchurch over the weekend, the other hospitalising 28-year-old Blair Vinson, struck by a car in the central city.
As paramedics tried to save a life, onlookers on the stretch of road known for street racing fought back tears as one of their own died from a hit-and-run.
A 3 News cameraman captured the audio immediately afterwards: “One person probably flew 50 metres – that's the deceased.”
Police have reported that two vehicles were travelling in the same direction on the strip of Shands Rd in the Christchurch suburb of Hornby. One of the vehicles hit two pedestrians standing beside the road.
“We can't say at this stage that they were involved in racing,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Murton. “It was a 100km/h zone so it could simply have been an overtaking manoeuvre that went horribly wrong.”
The onlookers gathered after the incident. The survivor, a male in his 20s, was taken to hospital with a leg injury.
“It sounded like there was a crowd of people,” says Hornby local Nick Macpherson. “I heard a guy yahooing.”
Mr Macpherson says it was an accident waiting to happen.
“Usually early hours of the morning, particularly in the weekend, you always hear them hooning. You can always hear them ripping out down the road.”
Police have been scouring the scene for evidence and are looking for the two vehicles involved.
“We're looking in particular for the red Toyota – small older-style Toyota,” says Det Snr Sgt Murton. “It will have frontal damage.”
Earlier this weekend, another hit-and-run put 28-year-old Blair Vinson in hospital with a broken leg, a broken ankle and a shattered jaw. Messages of support have poured on to his Facebook page.
He was involved in an altercation outside a Burger King on Moorhouse Ave at 3am yesterday. The car accelerated at Vinsen and drove over him before speeding off.
“We will find out who that driver is. We're following very positive leads.”
Police aren't having as much luck with the Hornby hit-and-run drivers and are appealing to the public for any information.
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17/09/2012 4:15:10 p.m.
Jeffrey Huffadine wrote:
I think it is about time this sort of stupid dieselhead car enthusiast moron boyracer activity should stop immediately and with no questions asked.In fact the police should get more tougher and confiscate and compound the offending vehicles and crush them thats if these young offenders happens to offend for the second or third time.That is the only time that the boyracer activity has occurred in the Hornby area but also in other areas of Christchurch several years ago and now it has restarted up again.
17/09/2012 5:11:15 a.m.
@Damien"One of the vehicles hit two pedestrians standing beside the road"Where the people ended up doesn't matter, but above it said they were beside the road, not on it.Have you heard of Christchurch's rebuild? ie they have more important things to do than a burnout strip? And even if they had a burnout strip, there would still be those that will decide that racing down the street illegally is more popular as it involves the breaking the law part. Or that going across town to a strip takes too much time and is inconvenient.
16/09/2012 7:29:47 p.m.
Also people shouldnt be on the road in the first place, everyones so angery at what happened its been overlooked!
16/09/2012 7:27:34 p.m.
This is 1 of the points we bought up when asking for public access burnout pad, its clearly in part the christchurch city councils, polices, new goverments fault in part they were warned of this & refused to listen, i hope they accept there part & do something about it. The person who did it is also scum i also hope they dont get home D of a small sentance as this countrie has been under sentancing criminals for years!. throw the book at them & leave them to rot.
16/09/2012 6:49:23 p.m.
Bit early to be pointing fingers if you don't even know the circumstances behind the accident
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