Victim of hit and run still critical - Givealittle page set up

MUCH LOVED FAMILY MAN AND CO-WORKER: Go Bus driver Peter Horne with his 18-month-old grandson Luca. A Givealittle page has been set up to help cover the costs of his recovery after he suffered serious injuries in a hit and run incident on Centennial Marine Drive last week. Picture supplied

THE two victims of a hit and run in Gisborne last week were bus drivers on a fitness walk.

Peter Horne, aged 65, remains in a critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit at Waikato Hospital.

His companion, 67, is recovering in Gisborne Hospital.

The men are employed by Go Bus.

Police continue to seek information on a silver-coloured Holden Commodore sedan and the driver, responsible for the hit and run, which happened in Centennial Marine Drive opposite Watson Park at around 6.15am on Wednesday.

Go Bus office administrator Heather Hallgarth said the two men were out walking before their school bus runs.

“The company has a steps health challenge running throughout the country for its drivers.”

Her father, Bill Hallgarth, who manages the Gisborne Go Bus depot, said both men were “right into it”.

The incident had shocked the men’s workmates, he said,

“It has really knocked the guys around. We are a pretty close-knit team.”

Ms Hallgarth said staff were relieved Mr Horne’s companion was recovering in Gisborne Hospital.

“But Peter has a very long and hard road ahead of him to fully recover from his injuries.

“Peter is such a kind man and he is loved by many in our Gisborne community, not just his family.”

A Givealittle page was set up for Mr Horne on Saturday after consultation with the family.

“Peter and his family need financial support while he is in hospital and throughout his whole recovery process,” Ms Hallgarth said.

The family of the man recovering in Gisborne Hospital declined to have a Givealittle page established for him.

As of this morning, the Givealittle Page for Mr Horne had raised just over $1400.

“We hope the Gisborne community shows all its aroha and gets behind this appeal.”

The link for the Givealittle Page is https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/critically-injured-in-hit-and-run

Members of Mr Horne’s family have remained with him in Waikato since he was transferred there last week.

“We just want to thank everyone who has given their support and their love for Dad since this happened,” son Michael said this morning.

“Dad is showing great signs of recovery and that is very encouraging.”

Police have appealed for the driver to come forward.

“We have been getting some useful information from the public about this incident but we need more,” police said.

“We still want to hear from anyone who was in that area of the beachfront at around the time of the incident.

“That’s from anyone who was walking, running, riding a bicycle or driving a vehicle between Churchill Park and Pacific Street along the beachfront.”

The Holden Commodore car will have sustained damage to its front, including the windscreen.

“If you have any information, contact police on 869 0200 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

THE two victims of a hit and run in Gisborne last week were bus drivers on a fitness walk.

Peter Horne, aged 65, remains in a critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit at Waikato Hospital.

His companion, 67, is recovering in Gisborne Hospital.

The men are employed by Go Bus.

Police continue to seek information on a silver-coloured Holden Commodore sedan and the driver, responsible for the hit and run, which happened in Centennial Marine Drive opposite Watson Park at around 6.15am on Wednesday.

Go Bus office administrator Heather Hallgarth said the two men were out walking before their school bus runs.

“The company has a steps health challenge running throughout the country for its drivers.”

Her father, Bill Hallgarth, who manages the Gisborne Go Bus depot, said both men were “right into it”.

The incident had shocked the men’s workmates, he said,

“It has really knocked the guys around. We are a pretty close-knit team.”

Ms Hallgarth said staff were relieved Mr Horne’s companion was recovering in Gisborne Hospital.

“But Peter has a very long and hard road ahead of him to fully recover from his injuries.

“Peter is such a kind man and he is loved by many in our Gisborne community, not just his family.”

A Givealittle page was set up for Mr Horne on Saturday after consultation with the family.

“Peter and his family need financial support while he is in hospital and throughout his whole recovery process,” Ms Hallgarth said.

The family of the man recovering in Gisborne Hospital declined to have a Givealittle page established for him.

As of this morning, the Givealittle Page for Mr Horne had raised just over $1400.

“We hope the Gisborne community shows all its aroha and gets behind this appeal.”

The link for the Givealittle Page is https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/critically-injured-in-hit-and-run

Members of Mr Horne’s family have remained with him in Waikato since he was transferred there last week.

“We just want to thank everyone who has given their support and their love for Dad since this happened,” son Michael said this morning.

“Dad is showing great signs of recovery and that is very encouraging.”

Police have appealed for the driver to come forward.

“We have been getting some useful information from the public about this incident but we need more,” police said.

“We still want to hear from anyone who was in that area of the beachfront at around the time of the incident.

“That’s from anyone who was walking, running, riding a bicycle or driving a vehicle between Churchill Park and Pacific Street along the beachfront.”

The Holden Commodore car will have sustained damage to its front, including the windscreen.

“If you have any information, contact police on 869 0200 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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