Hit-and-run victim killed saving mate

NZ Newswire September 19, 2012, 9:32 am

A Christchurch teenager who survived an alleged hit-and-run says he was saved by the swift and heroic actions of his friend who was killed in the tragic accident.

Kyle Thomson, 17, and Sean Hutt, 20, were about to go to a party and had been waiting for friends on a roadside in the suburb of Hornby on Saturday night when the pair were hit by a car.

Mr Hutt was thrown about 30 metres and died instantly. He will be farewelled at a funeral in Burnside on Thursday.

Mr Thomson told Fairfax Mr Hutt saved his life by shoving him out of the car's path in the split second before impact.

"Words can't really describe how much I owe him," he said.

"He could've tried to save himself ... I wouldn't be here if he didn't do what he did."

Just before the crash, Mr Hutt yelled: "Get off the road; there's a car."

Mr Thomson described Mr Hutt as "a top guy" and said the pair had been friends for about six months.

Mr Thomson escaped with a broken leg and a Christchurch Hospital spokeswoman told NZ Newswire that he is in a stable condition on Wednesday morning.

Burnham welder Harry Philip Silcock, 18, appeared in Christchurch District Court on Monday charged with failing to stop after the crash. He was granted bail and will reappear in court on October 1.

Silcock came forward on Sunday night after police appealed for information about the crash.

A decision on whether any further charges will be laid isn't likely to be made until early next week, once all the evidence has been examined, police say.

No one else has been charged, although police have interviewed the driver of another vehicle at the scene.

Police can't say whether they think the cars were racing.

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