Police were last night still trying to establish the cause
of the collision that killed a motorcyclist south of
Ngaruawahia. Photo / Christine Cornege
Six people have died in accidents involving motor
vehicles over the weekend, three of them motorcyclists.
Two motorcyclists were killed in separate crashes yesterday,
the first at the annual Cliffhanger Hillclimb event in
The road was closed to the public for the event in which
riders take part in staggered time trials up the 6.9km hill
The 59-year-old rider crashed off his motorbike about 2km up
Te Wharau Rd and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man is not the first to die in the event. In 2012,
Malcolm Foster, 59, of Tawa, was killed when he lost control
of his Ducati 999 motorcycle while cornering and hit a fence.
Yesterday afternoon another motorcyclist died in a collision
with a vehicle north of Hamilton. The crash occurred on State
Highway 39 just south of Ngaruawahia.
The cause of the accident was yet to be established, police
said last night.
A motorist was also killed yesterday, in a head-on crash near
Te Puke. Emergency services were called to the collision, on
State Highway 2 about 3km north of Te Puke, shortly after
On Saturday, three people were killed.
Brodie Jacob Molloy, aged 7, died after being run over in the
driveway of his Southland home about 1pm. Police Sergeant Ian
Temple said it appeared Brodie was struck by a reversing
vehicle driven by a family member on a rural property in
Wallacetown, near Invercargill. He was taken to Southland
Hospital but was unable to be resuscitated.
Motorcyclist Ross Howard Blair, 45, of Te Aroha, suffered
fatal injuries on Saturday when he and a truck collided at
the intersection of Wardville Rd and Tower Rd near Waharoa,
police said. He was riding with two other men at the time.
A 68-year-old driver died during a vintage car event at
The man was driving an 1100cc 1961 Formula Junior Cooper when
he was believed to have suffered a medical event which led to
The rest of the day's racing was cancelled.
Meanwhile, a female motorist survived an 80m plunge into a
creek when her car left the road in Upper Hutt yesterday
afternoon. No other vehicle was involved.
*68-year-old driver died in a possible medical event and
crash at Hampton Downs during a vintage car rally.
*Motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries in a collision with a
truck near Matamata.
*7-year-old died after being hit in Southland home
*59-year-old motorcyclist died at the annual Cliffhanger
Hillclimb event in Carterton.
*One person died after a head-on crash near Te Puke.
*Motorcyclist died in a collision with a vehicle near