A 24-year-old motorcyclist who died after a crash near
Palmerston on Sunday was riding his "dream bike" back to
Police yesterday named the man as Cameron Alexander Blaze
Johnson, of Christchurch.
His aunt Leigh Bromwell told The Press newspaper Mr Johnson
had flown to Dunedin to pick up a Kawasaki Ninja which was
his "dream bike".
"He loved motorbikes; he's been riding them since he was
eight. He had five of them but this was his first sports
bike," she said.
"He'd flown down to Dunedin on Sunday morning to get it and
was so excited about driving it home."
The driver of a northbound Toyota Corona did a U-turn and
collided with Mr Johnson's motorcycle, Constable Stefan
Witehira, of Palmerston, said.
Both vehicles were travelling north on State Highway 1,
between Bushey Rd and Shag River, about 3pm.
The motorcyclist sustained serious injuries and was flown to
hospital, where he later died, Const Witehira said.
Blood samples were taken from both drivers, with the results
expected in a couple of weeks.
The 52-year-old male driver was taken to Dunedin Hospital
with minor injuries. He was released yesterday.
A passenger in the car was not injured in the crash.
Both the car and motorcycle were extensively damaged.
The scene was examined by a serious-crash investigator.
Inquiries were continuing into the cause of the crash, with
charges likely, Const Witehira said.