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A year 10 student of St. Kevin’s College was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Ōamaru Tuesday night.
The collision happened around 10:40 pm near Waitaki Aquatic Centre, however, the Police already confirmed that a 30-year-old truck driver struck the 14-year old student.
The driver has been charged by the Police for failing to stop to ascertain injury and to render some aid. On the next hearing of Ōamaru District Court, he is expected to show up. As additional charges were expected to be laid against him.
Meanwhile, St. Kevin’s College mourns the loss of their student.
"It is with profound sadness that we acknowledge the death last night of one of our year 10 female students," said in a statement released online by their principal, Paul Olsen.
The school offered a support system through counselling and through their school Chapel for a place to lament.
Mr Olsend added, “Support systems are in place in the form of counselling and our Chapel has been opened as a safe space for students to meet and grieve.”
Mayor Gary Kircher of Waitaki already appealed for anyone with information about the incident. Or they can call Ōamaru police on (03) 433 1400 to further the investigation.
Currently, vehicles are taking a detour along Thames Street and Itchen Street since part of State Highway 1 remained closed after the hit and run event.
This article was written by Veronica Pamintuan of Parallaxx Ltd.