Woman killed after hit and run in Naenae, Lower Hutt

Woman killed after hit and run in Naenae, Lower Hutt

Police remain at the scene of the fatal accident on Naenae Road. Photography: Mark Mitchell

A woman was killed after being hit by a hit-and-run accident in the Lower Hutt area early this morning.

One resident said she was “disgusted” by what happened, and lit a candle in memory of the person who died.

Emergency services were called at around 5.50am to the scene on Naenae Road, between Riverside Dr North and Waddington Dr.

Police have now confirmed that a pedestrian was fatally struck by a car, and that the car’s driver did not stop and immediately left the area.

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“The woman died at the scene,” the police said in a statement.

Detective Inspector Haley Ryan of Hutt Valley Police said investigators were actively working to identify and locate the driver and vehicle involved.

“We are asking for the public’s assistance to help us locate the driver or vehicle involved. Anyone in the area who may have witnessed this incident or has any information – including CCTV – is asked to contact police immediately.

Ryan said the driver of the car may have panicked after the crash, and urged that person to contact police.

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The vehicle may have sustained significant damage.

There were about 20 evidence markers scattered on the road about 20 meters apart at the scene of the accident this morning.

A number of police officers were seen cordoning off areas of the road, while others wearing white forensic suits investigated the scene.

Meanwhile, other people at the scene appeared to be blessing the road, and a man was seen spraying water.

The body was recovered from the road and placed in a nearby car.

A neighborhood resident told NZME she heard screaming earlier this morning, but did not hear any sounds from the collision.

She said that by the time she got up to look at what was happening, the body was already under the blanket.

Another resident who lives across the street said her husband heard a loud bang around 6 a.m. She did not hear the explosion herself, but said shortly after that she heard a woman “screaming constantly.”

“It was terrible,” she said.

Police are investigating the scene.  Photography: Mark Mitchell
Police are investigating the scene. Photography: Mark Mitchell

She lit a candle in her home for the deceased person, and said she felt “sick” to hear that something like this had happened so soon.

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“I really feel for the poor person and his family.”

She said police knocked on her door earlier that morning and asked if they had cameras, since the accident was a hit-and-run, but the woman didn’t have any cameras.

“I really hope they catch the person who did this.”

Another neighbor, who did not wish to be named, told… Announce She heard “a crash and a fast car” in the early hours of the morning.

“I didn’t think much of it because we had a few fast cars here and I thought they had hit a garbage can or something.”

As soon as she went to her gate to check what happened, she saw the body lying on the road and the police sweeping the area.

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“A few neighbors were down the street and watching, but it’s one of those things where you don’t feel like hanging out because the person is deceased.

“It’s grim. It’s just sobering. I keep thinking there’s a family affected, it’s horrific to think how long they’ve been there, but it’s a serious crime scene I think, so there’s not much you can do about it.”

She estimated the body remained in the road for about five hours until police removed it.

A resident of Waddington Drive, Naenae, Lower Hutt placed concrete blocks outside his home to prevent cars from crashing into his fence in 2017. Photography / Melissa Nightingale
A resident of Waddington Drive, Naenae, Lower Hutt placed concrete blocks outside his home to prevent cars from crashing into his fence in 2017. Photography / Melissa Nightingale

The police said in a previous statement, “The Serious Collisions Unit is conducting an investigation, and the road will be closed for some time.”

“Members of the public are asked to avoid the area.”

He added: “Investigations are ongoing to determine the events that led to this incident, and police extend our condolences to the person’s family at this time.”

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Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 105, quoting case number 231116/3474.

The accident occurred not far from a notorious corner where the homeowner resorted to placing concrete blocks on the grass to prevent cars from entering his yard.

Naenae residents, Louise and Blair Ansell, were living in fear after two separate accidents sent cars flying through their fence and into the front yard of their home on the corner of Waddington Drive and Cole St in 2017.

Less than a month after placing the blocks outside the house, a car crashed into them.
Less than a month after placing the blocks outside the house, a car crashed into them.

The Ansels, tired of accidents caused by speeding drivers, placed six two-ton concrete blocks along the berm for protection.

“We feel really unsafe… I don’t feel bad about it at night because the kids are inside. I don’t feel like I can let my kids out and play if it’s the daytime,” Louise Ansel said at the time.

Less than a month after the blocks were placed on the berm, another car lost control of the corner and crashed into it.

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Blair Ansell said at the time that he believed he saved his children’s lives by placing the barrier, and that he had “no regrets” about placing the blocks there.

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