A woman killed in a car crash in between Te Puke and Papamoa
on Sunday was the former owner of a Rotorua restaurant.
Dianne Royce Rickerby, 33, had owned Rendezvous
Restaurant & Bar on Hinemoa St. She was a mother of three
and had just joined the staff at the new Mitre 10 Mega in the
She died on Sunday. Her son is in a critical condition
in Waikato Hospital after being cut free from their wrecked
Honda Integra by firefighters.
A teenage boy sitting in the back seat is said to have
injuries to his thumb and collarbone.
The two teenagers attend Western Heights High School.
The head of road policing in the Western Bay of Plenty,
Senior Sergeant Ian Campion, said crash investigators were
completing a scene survey and analysis.
Nigel Gregory, co-founder of Croucher Brewing, told The
Daily Post last night he was "absolutely gutted" to hear
of Ms Rickerby's death.
He and Croucher Brewing partner Paul Croucher ran the
Underground Bar beneath her restaurant when she decided to
remove the restaurant's pokie machines and replace it with a
bar in 2009.
"Over the time I ran the bar, I got to know her and her
kids very well," Mr Gregory said.
"It's devastating. She was a young girl who had taken
on a massive challenge running her own business, just like
Kiwis do, trying to make something for herself.
"At the same time, she was juggling the care of her kids. I
didn't envy the challenges she had.
"The last time I spoke to her she had started at Mitre 10
Mega and she was really excited about it.
"It was a new chapter in her life."
The crash happened just after 4pm on Sunday on a corner of
State Highway 2, east of Poplar Lane. It involved Ms
Rickerby's Honda Integra, travelling towards Tauranga, and a
Mazda people mover, headed towards Te Puke.
There were two adults and two children in the Mazda. One of
these passengers was also from Rotorua. A 4-year-old in this
vehicle broke an arm but has since been discharged from
- By Alison King of the Daily Post