A man has been killed after being hit by a car after he was thrown from the vehicle he was driving when it crashed near Te Kuiti.
Police say the 22-year-old landed on State Highway 30 at Kopaki, 20km south of Te Kuiti shortly after 9pm on Tuesday after his car went off the road.
He was then hit by another car.
Two passengers suffered minor injuries in the initial crash and both incidents were being investigated.
The victim, who has not been officially named, is being remembered online as "big hearted" by friends who went to school with him.
Tributes have also started pouring in on Facebook, with many saying he has gone too soon and they are feeling "guttered (sic)".
"He was a cool dude, full of life, always made us laugh, was so like his old man in [every] way... will miss him and his cheeky remarks. I'm feeling it for his loved ones," posted one friend.
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