28 Nov 2016

Trial starts in hit and run case

8:43 am on 28 November 2016

A 21-year-old man goes on trial today after the death of a teenage girl in a hit and run in King Country in April.

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Photo: RNZ / Edward Gay

Broc Kawhena from Te Kuiti is accused of the manslaughter of Ocean Heke.

The 17-year-old was found dead on State Highway 3 in Otorohanga after attending a party.

Her injuries were consistent with being hit by a vehicle.

Mr Kawhena first appeared in court charged with manslaughter three days after Ms Heke died.

His trial before a jury is due to open this morning in the High Court in Hamilton.

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