Man charged with careless driving after alleged hit-and-run in Taita

A 27-year-old man has been charged with careless driving after an alleged hit-and-run in Taita on Saturday.

Police said the man hit a pedestrian, identified as mother-of-two Anna Chesterfield, in his car and then left the scene.

He will appear in Hutt Valley District Court on February 11 on charges of careless driving causing injury and failing to stop to ascertain injury.

Chesterfield's cousin Nicky Wilton told Newshub earlier this week the injuries to the 37-year-old were "shocking".

"She had fractures to her face, and a gash on her head that had been stapled, she had a fractured sternum, fibula and tibia. I'm shocked and I am disturbed by it," she said.

Chesterfield was crossing a pedestrian crossing on High St when she was struck by the car. She was rushed to Wellington Hopsital's intensive care unit, and was said to be in a stable condition on Wednesday.

Following the incident, Chesterfield's family pleaded with the driver of the vehicle to turn themselves in.

On Thursday a police spokesperson thanked the members of the public who came forward with information leading to the arrest.

The spokesperson said police wouldn't be making any further comment as the matter was now before the court.