Police in Napier say a man wanted over a hit-and-run had been fighting with the victim beforehand.
A 49-year-old cyclist has been in a critical condition in Hawke's Bay Hospital since the hit-and-run in the suburb of Maraenui on Friday.
Police are looking to arrest Napier man Jamie Lesley Jones, 31.
Detective Sergeant Darren Pritchard said Mr Jones and the cyclist knew each other, and there was a fight between them in the lead-up to the hit-and-run.
He said they would like Mr Jones to come into the police station to discuss the incident.