Man sitting on bench killed by suspected drink driver

man sitting on park bench killed by drunk driver in Kaitaia
The man sat on a park bench outside the Central Dairy when he was struck.

A 54-year-old man is dead after being struck by a car while sitting on a park bench in Kaitaia.

The man was sitting on a bench outside the Central Dairy in Commerce St, when he was struck by a car about 1am on Thursday morning.

A local business said cordons were up and police were still at the scene when they arrived at work at 7am.

A 20-year-old man's been arrested and will appear in court this afternoon charged with driving with excess breath alcohol causing death.