Police hunt for killer object in Wanaka

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The hunt continues for a mystery object which smashed through a car windscreen, killing the driver in Wanaka today (Thursday).

Police say a 22-year-old man was the victim – and in a statement tonight have confirmed he suffered fatal injuries after being struck by the object.

The man’s female passenger was not injured in the incident at about 6.25am. Her and the victim were in a dark blue Subaru Legacy station wagon on the Lake Hawea-Albert Town Road, about 12km from tourism hotspot Wanaka.

Police are tonight still trying to determine what the object was and despite an extensive search of the crash scene today haven’t been able to find it.

“It’s still a bit of a mystery as to what the object was and we will be searching the scene again tomorrow,” detective sergeant Brian Cameron says.

“We still very much want the help of members of the public to help us piece together what exactly has occurred.”

They plan to hit up motorists along the stretch of State Highway 6 tomorrow from 6am to 7am, stopping and asking if they were on the road at the time.

Aside from the killer object, police are also keen to hear from anyone who saw or has information about a white late model 4X4 ute heading out of Wanaka on the north side of the Maungawera Hill towards Hawea between 6.15am and 6.45am today.

Police believe the ute may have been in the vicinity at the time the incident occurred and are keen to talk with the driver.

Any with information can contact Wanaka police on 03 443 7272 or their nearest police station.

The dead man’s name won’t be publicly released until his family have been informed.