Two people have died in separate crashes on Canterbury roads
in the past 24 hours, taking the Easter Weekend road toll to
Yesterday around 5.20pm, a 44-year-old female driver from
Twizel died following a crash on the Fairlie-Tekapo Road in
Police today named the woman as Yulane Margaret Cadigan.
Her vehicle was travelling along State Highway 8 from Fairlie
towards Tekapo and appeared to have lost control, left the
road and hit a tree, police said.
Two passengers were taken to Timaru Hospital with moderate
injuries. No other vehicles were involved.
Speed, the vehicle's poor condition and bad weather were
contributing factors, police said.
Mrs Cadigan was not believed to have been wearing a seatbelt.
About 3.15am today, an 80-year-old male pedestrian was struck
by a vehicle on the Hinds-Rangitata Highway, about 5km south
He died as a result of his injuries.
Early police enquiries suggested he may have been driving
south before parking his vehicle and continuing south on
foot. His name was not immediately available.
Timaru police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the
man to contact them on (03) 687 9808.
They were also appealing for sightings of a white Nissan
Pulsar found parked within a few kilometres of the scene.
Another motorist died following a four-vehicle crash in the
West Auckland township of Kumeu around 7pm last night.
Several others were seriously injured in the crash, police
said. Three people were taken to hospital, one in a critical
The serious crash unit was investigating.
An elderly man who crashed his car into a tree while driving
in heavy rain near Pukekohe yesterday has also died.
The 75-year-old was left in a critical condition after
smashing into a tree at the intersection of Tuakau and
Buckland Roads, about midday yesterday.
Earlier yesterday, two Opotiki men died after the tow truck
they were in left a narrow gravel road and rolled down a 30
The men were named today as Gordon Douglas Nelson, 67 and
Frederick Michael Ruff, 70.
The Easter road toll period began at 4pm yesterday, and
finishes at 6am on Monday.