A man is dead and another is in police custody after a hit and run incident north of Gisborne overnight.
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Emergency services were called to Tapuaeroa Road in Ruatoria about 12.40am on Sunday after the victim was hit by a car.
The driver fled the scene.
Gisborne police arrested a 29-year-old man a short time later with the help of a witness.
The serious crash unit is investigating.