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English farm worker Matamata crash victim

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/01/2017

A 24-year-old man who died when he was struck by a car walking on a road near Matamata was a foreign farm worker.

Michael William Spink from North Yorkshire in England had been in New Zealand for about eight months and was working locally on a farm when he was hit on State Highway 27 on Saturday night.

Police are still waiting for toxicology reports as they look into the series of events that ended in his death.

Detective Sergeant Jason Perry says Mr Spink had been socialising with friends in Matamata earlier in the night.

His car was found in a ditch on the highway a short time after he left his friends at around 11.30pm.

It's believed he had decided to walk around 10km back to the farm.

"As he has been walking north along State Highway 7 towards Waharoa he has been struck from behind by a vehicle," Det Sgt Perry said.

He died at the scene.

While the driver returned a negative breath test, police say they are still waiting on toxicology reports for Mr Spink.

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