A driver killed in a single vehicle crash near Whatawhata in
Waikato on Tuesday has been named as Donald Ross Edwards, 74,
Waikato road policing manager Inspector Leo Tooman said the
crash, on Te Pahu Rd about 4.55pm, was still under
investigation, but initial indications were that Mr Edwards'
Ford Falcon failed to negotiate a right-hand bend and crossed
both lanes before hitting a tree.
Mr Tooman said Waikato had the highest road toll in the
country with 38 deaths in 35 crashes this year.
"And the busiest period on our roads, the summer holidays,
are still to come with traffic in some of our more popular
holiday spots often bought to a standstill.
"For some reason at Christmas, Kiwis often get into a panic
believing things have to get done now. What we need is for
everyone to take a deep breath, have a bit of patience and
show some consideration, that way all motorists will be able
to share this and future summers with their families."
- Herald Online