Police are urging Northland
motorists to take care on the roads after a passenger in a
vehicle was killed on Friday and a cyclist seriously injured
The male cyclist collided with a large utility vehicle on
Riverside Drive in Whangarei around 11am yesterday and was
seriously injured. He is at Whangarei Hospital in the
intensive care unit.
Senior Constable Warren Bunn, of the Serious Crash Unit, said
both the cyclist and the vehicle were travelling east near
Brook Rd when they collided.
Traffic was heavy while the emergency services attended and
one lane was opened while police cleared the scene. Vehicles
backed up east as far as the Dave Culham Drive roundabout.
Meanwhile, police say an "extremely poor decision" to
overtake on a corner is believed to have caused a fatal crash
The head-on smash occurred about 9.30pm on Friday near the
top of the Bulls Gorge, on State Highway 10 between the
Paihia and Kerikeri turnoffs. Police have yet to release the
name of the deceased, a 35-year-old Mid North man who was a
front-seat passenger in the non-overtaking vehicle.
A police spokesman said the man was in the car heading north
towards Kerikeri when it was struck by a car which had been
overtaking as it was heading south.
He died on his way to hospital. The driver of the overtaking
vehicle was a 19-year-old man from Kerikeri. Ambulance crews
from Kerikeri, Kaikohe and Kawakawa dealt with five patients
whose injuries ranged from critical to minor.
No decision has been made as yet about charges.
Alcohol was not thought to be a factor. The crash occurred at
the first corner at the top of the gorge, which was widened
and straightened in a $7.5 million realignment opened last
- By Peter de Graaf and
Sophie Ryan of the Northern Advocate