Motorcyclist injured in suspected hit and run

Police ask anyone who witnessed a motorbike crash on the corner of Devonport Road and 11th Ave to contact Tauranga Police Station. Photos: Chayse Russell.

A motorcyclist has been injured in a suspected hit and run in Tauranga this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the scene at the intersection of Devonport Road and 11th Avenue at around 2pm.

A witness who contacted SunLive described hearing a ‘loud bang’ before the crash.

“I came to the window and saw a guy lying on the ground near a motorcycle," they said.

"People outside said it was a hit and run.” 

He also explained police were seen questioning witnesses and spray-painting the road, as they conducted a scene examination.

He says at first, the motorcyclist didn’t appear to be moving.

“But some guys from the army hall ran out and checked on him, and he was moving his arm eventually. The ambulance has taken him away now.”

The witness says the road was blocked for ‘maybe five or ten minutes’, although traffic is said to be moving now.

A police spokesperson says the motorcyclist has been taken to hospital in a serious condition.

“The driver of the car left the scene immediately," said the spokesperson.

"Police are speaking with a number of witnesses and ask anyone who saw the incident, but has not yet spoken to police, to please contact us.”

People can contact Tauranga Police Station on: 07 577 4300.

Alternatively, information can be left anonymously via Crimestoppers on: 0800 555 111.

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