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Pleas for hit-run driver to come forward

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/01/2017

Despite tearful pleas from a mother whose teenage son was mown down by a hit-run driver in Auckland, police say there are no new developments in the hunt for the driver responsible.

Jacob Pakura, 16, was skateboarding in New Lynn on Saturday night when he was struck.

Despite being rushed to hospital he died from his injuries.

His heartbroken mother Esther broke down on Monday, speaking to the media ahead of a blessing ceremony for her son at the scene.

"When this person hit Jacob and they left, they don't know what they have taken," she said.

"They don't know what an awesome person he was."

"Our biggest question to this person, this person who did this is, 'why couldn't you stop - that was our baby."

Police said despite the public appeal for the driver to come forward, nobody has.

"I'm asking anyone who was perhaps driving in the Auckland area to think back - did you see anyone driving in a manner that made you shake your head," Inspector Trevor Briggs said on Tuesday.

"As drivers we often see bad driving, perhaps someone going too fast, or with no lights on and think 'how dangerous' but then forget about it 10 minutes later. These are the things we need to hear about."

The accident is believed to have happened about midnight on Saturday and the driver had been reported to be speeding, Insp Briggs said.

"Several people have described hearing a car coming down the road at speed prior to midnight," he earlier revealed.

"We know that Jacob received terrible injuries to his entire body and the driver at fault will know without doubt that they have hit someone."

The driver's vehicle would have been seriously damaged in the crash and it's believed the driver would have hidden it or taken it to a mate or panel beater to be fixed.

Anyone asked to repair a car, or who has a friend, flatmate or family member acting suspiciously or out of character should contact police, no matter how insignificant it may seem, Insp Briggs said.

"To have left a young man lying in the road with catastrophic injuries like this is just simply unthinkable," he said.

Officers have spent the past few days going through CCTV footage, including in the Glen Eden, greater West Auckland area and on motorways, but say it's too early to say what make or model of car was involved.

About 50 family and friends gathered by a light pole on Rua Road draped with flowers and embraced as a final blessing was held for Jacob on Monday.

Ms Pakura said he got along with everyone and will be sorely missed.

"He loved living and he took every opportunity he got," she said.

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