Red car driver caught

Thursday October 24, 2019 Written by Published in Crime
The motorbike after the incident, that went missing from the scene. 19102037 The motorbike after the incident, that went missing from the scene. 19102037

Police have arrested a man in relation to the Tupapa hit-and-run crash.

He is likely to face multiple charges, primarily careless driving causing injuries. The man is expected to appear court this morning.

It comes after a three-day search for the driver of a red Honda Jazz who was alleged to have rear-ended a young man on a motorbike, throwing him over the handlebars and headfirst onto the road.

Motorcyclist Charles Leger, 32, suffered a deep gash on his forehead and bruises and abrasions to his arms and legs. Fortunately Cook Islands Security personnel were quickly on the scene with first aid.

Police spokesperson Trevor Pitt said the officers involved in the crash investigation followed up on leads, including talking to witnesses.

Police prosecutors will lay at least one charge against the car driver today, with the possibility of others to follow.

The hit-and-run incident took place on Saturday morning near the Tupapa Health Clinic.

Leger was thrown off his motorbike after being hit from behind by a red Honda Jazz car, as it overtook a truck. The offender fled the scene.

“It happened so fast. It was raining so I was focused on the road then all of a sudden I was thrown off my bike to the other side of the road, head first. I managed to get up but the car took off without even stopping,” Leger said.

“One of my colleagues who was in the truck behind me came to check on me but I asked him to chase after the car and get the plate number. 

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