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Was police chasing “hit-and-run driver” when victim was hit?
A 61-year-old driver has been arrested over an alleged hit-and-run in Whanganui early this morning. The victim, Jesse Minnell, 24, was said to be in a critical/ serious condition.
How Did the Crash Happen?
Police have alleged that they were dealing with a pub fight outside the Red Lion Inn on Anzac Parade when a car swerved into the crowd and hit 24-year-old Jesse Minnell, around 2.20am. However, the nearby residents had heard nothing about the alleged brawl.
The driver is said to have left the scene in a late-model dark-blue BMW, without the police, or anyone else, noticing the licence plates!!
“Detective Senior Sergeant Neil Forlong said earlier that, while police had been at the scene at the time, they did not manage to get a licence plate number for the offending car.”
Mr Minnell’s mother and father were with him in the hospital, where they said he had been in an induced coma with bleeding in two parts of the brain.
He was earlier described as being in a critical condition.
Family friend Des Attwell told RNZ he thought the officers at the scene should have been able to get the licence plate number.
“Just sounds like very poor training to me. I mean, it’s seems like a simple procedure – if you’re pursuing a car, what’s the first thing you do? See what the number plate is, call it in. It seems somewhat remiss.”
The police were not responding to Mr Attwell’s criticism, but confirmed officers were being questioned as witnesses.
What Pub Brawl???
A manager at the Red Lion Inn said they did not want to comment.
Mike Woodhead, the owner-operator at a nearby Four Square supermarket, said he had been talking to a witness who was “shaken” from the incident.
Woodhead arrived at work at 4.45am on Saturday to find Anzac Parade had been closed off. “There were no police. It was just the security and the road workers closing the road.”
While serving customers in the morning, Woodhead said he talked to a person who witnessed the events outside the Red Lion Inn.
“I know one guy who saw it and he was a bit upset by it all. He was a bit shaken up.”
He said most neighbours he had talked to in the area had not heard any commotion during the early hours of the morning.
Other fatal, near-fatal and serious road crashes
Woman seriously injured in crash north of Masterton
A woman was said to be in a serious condition after a crash just north of Masterton on Friday
The collision occurred between two cars on State Highway 2, just north of Masterton around 3.20pm on Friday. http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/85626856/crash-north-of-masterton-closes-sh2
The victim was repeatedly stabbed by the offender following an argument. His injuries include a punctured lung and condition is serious but stable in Waikato Hospital. http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/paeroa-stabbing-update
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