Man found dead in suspected hit-and-run

NZ police car
Police believe the man was run over (Getty)

A man has been found dead on the side of the road, north of Gisborne.

Police were called to Tapuaeroa Rd in Ruatoria, at 12:40am.

They believe the man was run over.

"The serious crash unit and [criminal investigation branch] are investigating," a police spokesman said.

Police previously said the alleged driver had been arrested, but now say no one has been arrested, but one person has been spoken to, and is assisting police with their investigations.

If confirmed as a hit-and-run, the death will be the first confirmed road fatality of the Easter holiday period.

Last year, four people, including a pedestrian, were killed over the long weekend.

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