Pedestrian dies in Queenstown road accident

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A Korean tourist has died after being struck by a car in Queenstown late last night.

Daegeun Yun, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene outside the Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak Hotel on Arthur’s Point Road at 10.43pm.

Police say he had told his wife he was going outside to look at the stars.

“Initial indications are that he was standing on the roadway near the fog line [the white line at the side of the carriageway],” Queenstown senior constable Chris Blackford says.

“Witnesses are yet to be spoken to but he was wearing dark clothing, a black jacket and black trousers and in a dark area.”

The matter has been referred to the coroner and a post mortem examination will be carried out in Christchurch, before the man’s body is repatriated.

Yun and his wife were part of a tour group staying at the hotel, formerly the Coronet Peak Lodge near Gantley’s Restaurant.

A Queenstown fire fighter and a witness administered CPR but were unable to revive Yun. Ambulances attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

“A full investigation of the scene and circumstances is being conducted by officers, including Queenstown CIB officers,” Blackford says.

Blackford says it appears Yun suffered head injuries when his head hit the ground after he was stuck by the car.

The motorist was a Queenstowner on their way home.