16 Jun 2017

Wairoa death leads to arrest

3:53 pm on 16 June 2017

A 20-year-old man will face hit-and-run charges after a man's body was found in a driveway in Wairoa on Sunday, police say.

A police car outside a cordon in South Auckland

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Wairoa man Nigel Sammons' body was found lying at the intersection of Black Street and Rutherford Street in Wairoa about 5am last Sunday.

A post mortem found he died of injuries from being struck by a vehicle.

The man was arrested today and will appear in Gisborne District Court today charged with failing to stop to ascertain injuries, and disqualified driving.

Police said they believed another car was involved however, and asked the public for information on a vehicle which could have damage to its front, bonnet, or windscreen.