Police are appealing to the public for help to identify the driver involved in an apparent hit and run incident in Carterton. PHOTO/FILE

A 42-year-old man is in critical condition following an apparent hit and run incident near Carterton early this morning.

Wairarapa police are appealing for information to locate the driver involved in the incident which is believed to have happened on State Highway 2 near the intersection of Plimsoll St, between 1 am and 2 am.

The injured man was discovered by a member of the public at about 2 am and was taken to Wellington Hospital.

State Highway 2 will be closed from 12.30 pm today until about 1.15 pm while police undertake a scene examination.

Diversions will be in place between Park Rd and Somerset Rd.

Detective Senior Sergeant Barry Bysouth said police were appealing for the driver of the car to come forward.

“We would also like to hear from any witnesses travelling on this stretch of road earlier today or anyone who might have information to help us identify what has happened,” he said.

  • Anyone with information is asked to contact Police via 105 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.