Tourist dies after motorbike crash

The German tourist who suffered life-threatening injuries to his head and face when his motorcycle collided with a four-wheel-drive north of Wanganui yesterday afternoon died in Wanganui Hospital overnight.

The man, in his 50s, was at the front of a group of 19 German motorcyclists who were touring the North Island.

They were travelling to Taupo when the accident occurred on State Highway 4 near Aberfeldy.

Whanganui road policing Sergeant Colin Wright said the man appeared to have driven on to the right-hand side of the road when he saw the vehicle as it came around the corner.

Germans drive on the right-hand side of the road.

The matter has now been referred to the Coroner.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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