One of the drivers of two cars involved in a fatal hit and run in Christchurch last night has come forward.
Police have confimed to ONE News that one of the drivers they had been searching for is currently helping with their enquiries.
It came as a family was left in mourning following a hit and run which left a 20-year-old man dead and two others injured, after two vehicles struck a group of people standing on the side of the road, near the corner of Shands Road and Marsh's Road.
One of those injured - a 17-year-old - is still in Christchurch hospital, where their condition is said to be stable, while a 21-year-old is nursing minor injuries at home.
The trio were among a group of 30 pedestrians hit by what is believed to have been a speeding car, travelling on the wrong side of the road, at around 11pm last night.
Police told ONE News reporter Joy Reid that the force of the impact was so strong, the deceased man flew several metres into the air before landing near the intersection.
Juanita Wehi, who lives near the scene of the crash, rushed out to help those injured.
"We heard a really noisy, loud car go past, and a bang," she said.
"He was in a terrible condition.
"I couldn't find a pulse or a heartbeat or breathing or anything."
Neither car stopped, and Wehi said nobody else came to the victim's aid.
"These young people were just in shock, intoxicated or a mixture of both," she said.
Police said it is too early to say if the cars were racing, but are looking for the two vehicles involved, including a red Toyota Corola.
"One vehicle has been overtaking, or in manueovers of going past another vehicle, at which point they've struck pedestrians standing on the side of the road," Detective Senior Sergeant Corrie Parnell said.
"The Toyota Corola has sustained significant damage to that vehicle in terms of windscreen and bonnet and front, so it should stand out."
Signs of alcohol litter the area around the crash scene, and local residents said it is not the first time there have been problems in the area.
"They do dangerous things, they're in groups, they stand on the road," said Wehi.
"As sad and tragic as what's happened tonight is, to be honest with you, it's not really that unexpected."
Police are concluding their examination of the scene this evening, and those who were in the area last night have been allowed back to retrieve their vehicles.
Detectives are keen to speak to anyone who knows the whereabouts of the red Toyota Corola, described as an older five-door model.
Police would like to speak to the driver of that car, as well as the passengers who were inside at the time of the incident.
The driver of the second vehicle has this afternoon come forward, and is assisting police with their enquiries.
Police in Christchurch are also looking for the driver of a green four-door saloon involved in another hit and run overnight.
The car struck a pedestrian outside a Burger King in the city centre, before speeding off down Moorhouse Avenue, just before 3am.
The victim, Blair Vinson, 28, is now stable after having surgery on his jaw and legs.