A teenager who was lying on a North Canterbury road has died after he was hit by a car.
The 17-year-old was struck by the car on Boys Road, just outside Rangiora about 3.30am on Thursday.
Police said initial inquiries indicate the young man had been lying on the road at the time he was struck by a four-wheel drive vehicle travelling towards Woodend.
"It appears the driver of the vehicle simply did not see the man, who was wearing dark clothing, lying on the road," Senior Sergeant Malcolm Johnston said.
"This was a 100 kilometre an hour area, and conditions were good apart from a light fog at the time. The driver is obviously extremely distraught over the incident.
"At this stage we do not know how the man came to be lying on the road, and this will be a focus of our enquiries."