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Police make arrest after Wairoa death

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/06/2017

Police have made an arrest in the death of Wairoa man Nigel Sammons and believe two cars were involved.

Mr Sammons, 33, was found lying at the intersection of Black and Rutherford streets by a police patrol at 5am last Sunday.

A post-mortem examination confirmed he had been struck by a car.

The arrested man has been charged with driving while disqualified and failing to stop to ascertain injuries.

He will appear in Gisborne District Court on Friday.

Detective Sergeant Kevin Ford says police believe two cars were involved in Mr Sammons' death.

"While we have made one arrest, we now believe that two separate vehicles were connected to his death and we are still seeking information from the public," he said.

"We believe that first vehicle will have sustained some damage to the front and there may also be damage to the bonnet and windscreen.

"Someone must know something about a vehicle with that sort of damage, or that might have been hidden, repaired or cleaned in unusual circumstances."

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