Relatives of a 14-year old cyclist were first on the scene
after a fatal collision between the teenager and a milk
tanker in Northland.
The boy died at the scene following the accident in Moerewa
just before 1am yesterday morning.
His family arrived only minutes after the fatal collision and
were by his side when he died.
He was struck by the front right side of the north-bound
tanker's trailer unit as he rode out of Wynyard St onto
George St, the section of State Highway 1 through Moerewa.
Senior Constable Jim Hawthorn, of the Serious Crash Unit,
inspected the undamaged tanker and trailer at the Fonterra
factory site at Kauri yesterday on his way to examine the
Mr Hawthorn said the corner where the boy collided with the
tanker was well lit with street lighting.
It was not known yet why the teenager, who lived nearby, was
out riding at that time or how he came to smash into a highly
visible passing tanker. It is the second cycling-related
fatality in Northland in a week.
A 66-year old Auckland cyclist died after being struck by a
four- wheel-drive at Ruakaka last Sunday.
The teenager's death is the fourth on Northland roads in a
month, pushing the number of fatalities for the region to 11
already this year - four more than last year's record low of
- Lindy Laird of The Northern Advocate