13 Aug 2019

Police return to Christchurch hit-and-run scene

6:26 pm on 13 August 2019

Police have finished re-enacting the events of last Wednesday when a man was hit by a van as the driver fled from police.

New Brighton hit and run, Christchurch

Photo: RNZ / Simon Rogers

Homeless man Dean Amies was killed after being hit by a white van, which was fleeing from police in New Brighton last Wednesday.

Police said the chase began shortly after 2pm after a vehicle of interest carrying three passengers failed to stop.

When the pursuit became to risky to continue, police ceased their chase and soon located the car and arrested two of the passengers.

The third passenger, who police have named as 21-year-old Liam Strickland, fled, stealing a nearby van before ramming a police dog vehicle.

Strickland continued his getaway through New Brighton's busy shopping area where he struck Mr Amies who was crossing the road on Hawke Street.

At the scene this afternoon, the police re-enacted the hit-and-run.

Police officers have been seen using a white van to follow the route taken by the fleeing driver before the vehicle hit Mr Amies.

The officers were then seen stopping the van next to another officer, who was standing on the middle of Shaw Avenue.

Liam Strickland

Photo: NZ Police

Police said they are still working to locate Strickland who is being sought in connection to the hit-and-run.

They said they have reason to believe he is being assisted by others and said those who are providing help to him should be aware they are committing an offence punishable by imprisonment.

Police said locating Strickland remains a high-priority and said members of the public should be aware he is considered dangerous.

Strickland is 182cm tall and has tattoos on his forehead and right cheek.

Anyone with information is urged to call 111.

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