A motorcyclist who was seriously injured after crashing
through a barbed wire fence told people at the scene he had
been drinking before the crash, police say.
Emergency services were called to the scene, near the
intersection of Bowler and Tautiti Roads, near Morrinsville,
about 11.45pm on Wednesday, District Road Policing manager
Inspector Freda Grace said.
"The crash is still under investigation by the Serious Crash
Unit but initial indications are that the 48-year-old male
rider failed to negotiate a bend and crashed through a barbed
"We are currently working to establish, what if any part,
alcohol played in the incident as the injured rider told
people at the scene he had been drinking before the crash. He
was taken to Waikato Hospital by ambulance and is currently
in the High Dependency Unit in a serious but stable
While it was yet to be confirmed, it would be disappointing
if alcohol had been a contributing factor in the crash
because that would have made the incident all the more
avoidable, Ms Grace said.
"Road safety is no accident. It is achieved by people making
the decision that they won't drink or drive- or in this case
ride, that they won't speed and that they will behave
responsibly on our roads."