Witnesses sought after woman thrown from car in Papatoetoe

02/03/2016

A woman remains in a critical condition in hospital after witnesses claim she fell, bound and gagged, from the boot of a moving car in Auckland.

The woman was badly injured during the incident on a residential street in Papatoetoe last night.

Members of the public are being asked to help identify the woman who is being described as Asian, between 35-55 and a small build.

She has two tattoos, one of a dolphin on her left shoulder and an angel on the inside of her left ankle.

Counties Manukau Crime Manager Detective Inspector Dave Lynch says a team has been working through the night to examine the scene.

“We want to assure the public we are doing everything we can to locate the person or persons involved with this crime.”

A witness told Newshub that the boot of the car -- believed to be a silver sedan -- sprung open and the woman fell onto the road.

"[There was] a young couple in another car and they actually saw the whole thing, they were right behind it. They said there was a lady and she opened the boot of the car, she pushed the boot of the car open and she jumped out. She was covered in ... her hands were tied up and her legs were tied up and there was rope around her stomach and everything."

But police said in a statement she was thrown from the car.

The woman -- described as Asian in her 30s or 40s -- was also "frothing from the mouth" according to local resident Jay Shah.

Police have yet to confirm the witness reports.

She was taken to the nearby Middlemore Hospital and remains in a critical condition.

Police closed the section of road and also shut down access to the motorway from the western side of East Tamaki Rd.

They are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.

"There are some witnesses, at this stage we are speaking with them. We believe that there could be more witnesses and we urge them to come forward and speak to us."

NZN / Newshub.