A horror weekend on southern roads has claimed the lives of
four men, including a teen killed in a crash near Mosgiel
Alcohol and speed were possible factors in both crashes, with
three men dying when their Toyota Hilux crashed into a
concrete bridge on the Riversdale-Waikaia road, on Friday
At 3am yesterday, a 19-year-old male passenger died at the
scene of a single-vehicle crash in Riverside Rd. His name
will not be released until next of kin have been notified.
The four other occupants of the Honda saloon - aged in their
late teens to early 20s - escaped the crash with minor
Dunedin Clutha Waitaki relieving area commander Inspector
Jason Guthrie told the Otago Daily Times the dead man was not
wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
''It's likely that alcohol is a factor but confirmation of
this, and whether speed was involved, will all form part of
our crash investigations.
''Matters that relate to the driver and the conditions of
their licence will be established as part of the inquiry.''
The crash site had been cordoned off to allow police to
investigate the scene, with the vehicle later removed and the
Meanwhile, the death of three people in a rural Southland
crash late on Friday night is a ''worst-nightmare'' for the
Christopher Martin Simpson (39), Matthew James Kennedy McKee
(39), and Ewan Charles Christie (59) died at the scene after
the Toyota Hilux utility they were in left the road and
struck the edge of a concrete road bridge just before
midnight on Waikaia/Riversdale Rd.
All three were from the Waikaia/Riversdale area.
Ward councillor John Douglas, of Mossburn, said the crash was
''gut-wrenching''. ''It's a community's worst nightmare,'' Mr
The families of the deceased were ''well-known and
well-respected'' farming families in the area. It was made
worse by the fact one of the families had lost another family
member in a crash some years ago, Mr Douglas said.
''Considering that for one of the families this is a second
tragedy, this is just awful.''
The community would rally together in support of family and
friends of the deceased, he said.
Waikaia Chief Fire Officer Ross Sage, who was called to the
accident with a crew of four, said the accident would have a
profound effect on the community.
''You are looking at three different families within the
Waikaia/Riversdale area; of course it's going to affect
everyone in the community,'' ''It's a farming community where
everybody knows everybody.''
It had been one of the most distressing accidents he had been
called to, which was made worse by knowing the deceased.
''We are a volunteer brigade in a small rural area, so we are
bound to know 90% of the people we attend.''
Police said the crash scene was attended by emergency
services and the serious crash unit.
Police are investigating whether alcohol or speed were
factors in the crash.
Further north, the man who died after the ute he was driving
in rural North Canterbury rolled and crushed him on Saturday
morning has been named.
John Charles Percival (56), of Christchurch, was part of a
three-man hunting party which had been accessing the
Macdonald Downs area.
His ute crushed him after it left the track and rolled
several times down a steep hillside about 10am. Initial
inquiries indicated Mr Percival had not been wearing a
Additional reporting by APNZ.