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NZ police fear hit-and-run driver could be targeting cyclists

One death and a number of similar incidents mean police can’t rule it out

The death of a cyclist in a hit-and-run incident in Auckland in New Zealand has led police to speculate that the driver may be targeting cyclists. Dr Ian Graham Robinson, 62, was flung over the handlebars of his bike earlier this month after being knocked off it by a white Toyota Hilux. He suffered severe head injuries and died in hospital the following day.

Police have taken statements from other cyclists about "similar incidents, possibly with a similar vehicle, in the immediate area" according to reports in the New Zealand media leading police to believe that he may not be the first cyclist to be targeted.

Dr Robinson's friend, Peter Kalinowski, was riding behind him when the ute hit him. The driver passed Dr Kalinowski before swerving into Dr Robinson and then veering away sharply without stopping.

They had been training for a New Zealand Heart Foundation charity ride from North Cape to the Bluff in February to raise funds for heart research.

The vehicle was a white or off-white Toyota ute, possibly from the 1980s or 1990s and police have searched motor vehicle ownership records for white Toyota utes and had a lot of people to interview.

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