Ute allegedly hits cyclists and flees in Tauranga

Detective Sergeant Rob Lemoto at the scene of the crash.

Tauranga Police are investigating an alleged hit and run on a cyclist on Oropi Road earlier this month.

The case appeared on Police Ten 7 last night in the hope of garnering new information which may lead to an arrest.

Just after 10am on Monday June 3, a group of cyclists that were cycling in single file, were passed by two utes on Oropi Road near Kensington Lane, says police.

“The first ute passed by giving a wide berth, however the second ute drove dangerously close, tooted their horn loudly and as he passed the front cyclist, the ute clipped his front wheel, causing the cyclist to crash.

“The cyclist suffered significant grazing and he described his helmet as being ‘mangled’.

The ute was described as white or silver and having a flat deck that is slightly wider than the cab similar to the ones pictured.

The number plate of the ute possibly started with the letters ‘NU’

The driver of the vehicle was described as a male Caucasian with short hair.

If you have any information that can help track down the driver of the ute, please contact Tauranga Police on 07 577 4300.

Alternatively, information can also be left anonymously via the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 line.



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Posted on 28-06-2019 09:25 | By old trucker

A bike on Papamoa Beach Road this morning was nearly knocked off his bike when he past a car that was parked and he swung out to go around it by one and a half metres and nearly got wiped out, (if only i had my Dash Cam in this car)it would have shown him doing this, Gosh we did not have cycle lanes back in the day we just rode on the left, now they move the road to put in these lanes, not many people riding bikes these mornings, they are a menace at times, also while at this WHY cant TCC put signs at all crossings, WAIT for Traffic to clear and then go, my GOSH, have to get across to Golf Club, these people cannot wait,Sunlive is NO1 in the Bay for NEWS,Thankyou, 10-4 out. phew.