The holiday road toll has risen to four following a two-car
crash in Southland today.
One person died in the head-on crash, on a road between Te
Anau and Mossburn about 3.30pm, a police spokesman said.
Two other people were injured.
"There were two cars. One was on the wrong side of the road,
going up a hill," the spokesman said.
The gender and age of the victim had not yet been confirmed.
Meanwhile, two children died in separate crashes in 24 hours,
prompting a call from police for parents to ensure their
children are properly restrained in vehicles.
A young child was killed today in a crash near Taumarunui and
an 11-month-old girl died after a crash north of Wellington
Today's crash happened on State Highway 4, between Owhango
and National Park about 1.15pm, Inspector Marty Parker of
central police communications said.
One vehicle was involved in the incident and was travelling
north at the time.
Initial reports were that the vehicle crossed over the centre
line and crashed, Mr Parker said.
There were three occupants in the vehicle, including the
In yesterday's crash, the 11-month-old girl suffered serious
injuries when the car she was in rolled near Raumati South
She died in hospital last night, Capital and Coast DHB
spokesman Lindsay Davis said.
Her mother was still in a serious condition in the intensive
Inspector Marty Parker from central police communications
said the crash happened on State Highway 1, near Poplar
Avenue, where the lanes merge from two to one.
Kapiti Coast police were investigating.
Senior Sergeant Stan Wagner of Wellington police said
witnesses were being interviewed today and the matter had
been referred to the coroner.
While it was too early to know the circumstances in the two
crashes, Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Dave Cliff
said it was crucial children were restrained correctly.
Legislation changed in November requiring all children up to
the age of 7 to be restrained in approved carseats.
"That was all for the reason that research says a child needs
to fit an adult seatbelt correctly to be safe," Mr Cliff
Advise on how children can be best restrained in their seats
can be found on the website transport.govt.nz or Plunket "who
are the gurus on how to mount your car restraint correctly",
Mr Cliff said.
The other message was around crash avoidance, he said.
"So keeping speed down, not driving while drowsy, not driving
after drinking alcohol, being attentive - those things become
really important when you've got kids on board."
Sandy Paul Waenga Brown, 21, from Paua, died following a car
crash in the Far North early on Christmas Day.
The official holiday road toll period started at 4pm on
Christmas Eve and will finish at 6am on January 3.