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Hitch-hiking pedestrian hit by truck and killed on SH1 at Raumati

News from NZ Police
Kapiti-Mana Police can now release the name of the pedestrian who died when he was hit by a truck this morning on State Highway One at Raumati. He was 46-year-old local man Rodney Thompson.

Early indications are that the man was attempting to hitchhike in dark clothing in the middle of the night before being struck by the truck.

Police understand that several motorists saw the man on the side of road and one may have had a near miss but did not contact Police.

Senior Sergeant Alasdair Macmillan says “Police do not recommend that anyone hitchhikes for a variety of safety reasons especially near a four lane state highway at night with cars travelling at open road speeds”.

“Anyone who is concerned about someone’s safety or behaviour on the road, or who has a near miss, should call Police immediately on 111”.

The truck driver has been very shaken by the incident and is taking some time at home.

The Serious Crash Unit and Kapiti Police are continuing their investigation.

All lanes are now open and the traffic flow has returned to normal. Police would like to praise the patience of commuters travelling through the area this morning.

Earlier News from NZ Police
A pedestrian died when he was hit by a truck shortly after 3 a.m. this morning on State Highway One near Queen Elizabeth Park at Raumati.  The middle aged male pedestrian died at the scene. 

The police serious crash unit was in attendance. 

Both southbound lanes were closed for several hours. Diversions were in place, and traffic was delayed.

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