The motorcyclist who was found dead following a crash north
of Auckland has named as Mirel Roman, of Glenfield.
Mr Roman, 54, was found next to his motorbike at around
4.40pm yesterday on West Coast Road, Makarau.
An extensive search was launched after Mr Roman failed to
return home from a recreational motorbike ride late on
The search involved checking the route that he had taken on
his journey, which covered an area from Glenfield to
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter assisted police and the crash
scene was found to be a grass verge which couldn't be seen
from the road.
Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust crew chief Herby Barnes said
they were called to search for the missing motorcyclist and
found him dead on arrival.
The Waitemata Serious Crash Unit is investigating the cause
of the crash, and their investigation will consider whether
factors such as speed or weather conditions played a role in
The investigation will take several weeks to complete before
any outcome is known, police said.