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Off-duty police officer dies after being hit by a car in Northland

An off-duty police officer who died after being hit by a car has been remembered as a “true soul”.

The crash occurred in Helena Bay, north of Whangārei, on Saturday afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the intersection of Webb Road and Russell Road at around 3.15pm.

Police said the car left the road and struck a utility pole before hitting a pedestrian, who died at the scene.

The driver suffered minor injuries.

The police officer, an officer based in the Far North, is remembered by whānau and colleagues as “instrumental” in the Te Tai Tokerau community.

“A person who stayed true to herself and stood up for what she believed in, and who loved her family more than anything in the world,” said a post on social media.

“A true soul who will be sadly missed by us… and all who worked with her.”

Police released a statement saying the off-duty officer was walking their dogs at the time of the crash.

The officer was a loving mother and grandmother, her whānau said.

A message posted online on behalf of her daughter read: “I will love and miss you forever and ever.”

rnz.co.nz