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Police want witnesses, after pedestrian hit by bus and killed in Taranaki Street

News from NZ Police
Wellington Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian died following a crash with a bus on Saturday night. Andrew Lockwood Waikare, also known as Anaru “Doc” Manuel, died following the incident on Taranaki Street.

Detective Sergeant Glenn Japeth says that a number of other passengers were on the Number 3 bus between 9.30pm and 10.30pm whom Police would like to speak to.

“We’re really keen to get in touch with anyone who was on the bus at that time to help us with our inquiries.

“Any information, no matter how small could help us get a better idea of how this tragic incident occurred.”

If you or anyone you know was on that bus at that time please call 105 or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

News from NZ Police – 4 April
There has been a fatal crash involving a bus and a pedestrian on Taranaki Street. Police were called to the accident just before 10pm.

Cordons were in place and motorists were asked to avoid the Taranaki Street area between Ghuznee Street and Bidwill Street. The closure caused disruptions in surrounding streets.

Report from RNZ
Emergency services in Wellington have spent the night responding to a fatal crash involving a bus and a male pedestrian in the central city.

Cordons have now been lifted and the road is open.

A police spokesperson said the bus driver was shaken but uninjured.

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  1. Nico, 4. April 2021, 17:51

    Bad timing being Easter and all. But I was on the Taranaki Street bus last night, and went through it all, including seeing the guy before and afterwards … I’m still shaking late this afternoon, and in general not right. Who can I talk to about this?

  2. Claire, 4. April 2021, 18:07

    Nico ring 1737 to talk to a counsellor if needed. Not a good experience for you. Does anyone else have suggestions.

  3. Chris Baxter, 4. April 2021, 18:19

    Send a message either phone/twitter or to Metlink. They should advise you. I’m sure the bus driver might also require some help and someone to talk to. You could google an 0800 Help Line. Take care Nico.

  4. J Don, 5. April 2021, 7:37

    Sorry to hear about this tragic accident. I’m surprised no-one has spoken with or supported witnesses on the bus.

  5. Gary Froggatt, 5. April 2021, 12:17

    Not much support from Next Capital owned NZ Bus either. The Company’s general manager did not front up to support and assist his bus driver.


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