CASE 5: Crime of the Week - Te Puke Cyclist Hit & Run, BOP

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CASE 5: Crime of the Week - Te Puke Cyclist Hit & Run, BOP

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  • CASE 5: Crime of the Week - Te Puke Cyclist Hit & Run, BOP
  • CASE 5: Crime of the Week - Te Puke Cyclist Hit & Run, BOP
  • CASE 5: Crime of the Week - Te Puke Cyclist Hit & Run, BOP

Ten 7, Episode

6
18th March 2021

Police in Tauranga are investigating an alleged hit and run incident where a cyclist was knocked off his bike on the Te Puke Highway on Thursday 21st January.

At about 12:30pm, the cyclist was riding towards Papamoa, making sure he stayed well to the left and did everything correctly to keep himself safe.

As he approached a bridge he was hit from behind by an unknown vehicle with such force that it sent him in the air before he landed on the other side of the barrier arm.

With the sheer force of the impact Police are certain the driver would have known they hit the cyclist. The driver has not stopped and has kept on driving towards Papamoa on Te Puke Highway.

The vehicle is described as:

  • Old style white sedan
  • Will have sustained damage as a result of the collision

The car will have sustained damage to the front left corner as a result of the collision.

The cyclist spent ten days in hospital and suffered a broken sternum, four broken ribs and two other broken bones just under his vertebrae, lacerations to his calf and a severe concussion. These injuries have dramatically impacted the victim’s life.

Tauranga Police would like to hear from anyone who may be able to help with this case in any way.