Police looking for the driver that fled after fatally hitting a pedestrian in a street in New Brighton, Christchurch have revealed his name and details.
Police are seeking the whereabouts of Liam Strickland, 21, in relation to an incident this afternoon where a person died after being struck by a speeding van around 1.55pm today on Hawke Street.
They described Strickland as 182cm tall, of a medium build with dark hair, with tattoos on his forehead and right cheek
He has a number of warrants for his arrest and is considered dangerous
Police said he should not be approached by members of the public and anyone with information was urged to call 111.
This afternoon witnesses said they saw the van being pursured by up to seven police cars when a man stepped in front of the chased vehicle.
One said the victim looked to be in his thirties and died despite attempts to revive him.
Watch: Raw footage of the van fleeing the scene. Supplied / Sam Heselwood
Acting Canterbury district commander Mike Johnson said a pursuit was initiated shortly before 2pm when a vehicle didn't stop for police in New Brighton.
"The pursuit was abandoned due to the manner of driving and the vehicle [was] located soon after.
"Two of the three people from the vehicle were arrested without incident."
He said soon after a third occupant stole a van and rammed a police dog van.
The stolen vehicle fatally hit a male pedestrian at the intersection of Hawke Street and Shaw Avenue before fleeing.
Police are still working to locate the van and the driver.
A man said he watched a driver swap cars while being pursued by police, shortly before the hit-and-run incident.
Sam Heselwood was working on the roof of a house when he saw police chasing silver Subaru down the street, going about 200km/h.
He said the driver, who was wearing a grey hoodie, then appeared to get into a white van.
Mr Heselwood said the van missed a nearby pedestrian by centimetres as it drove wildly down the street.
An eyewitness said he saw a van moving towards a crowd.
It hit two people and drove off without stopping.
Emergency services are at the scene, the serious crash unit is investigating and the road is closed.