A man who died after the ute he was driving in rural North
Canterbury rolled and crushed him yesterday morning has been
He was John Charles Percival, 56, of Christchurch.
Mr Percival was part of a three-man hunting party which had
been accessing Macdonald Downs area.
His ute crushed him after it left the track and rolled
several times down a steep hillside around 10am. Initial
inquiries indicated Mr Percival had not been wearing a seat
A 15-year-old male passenger also in the vehicle sustained
minor injuries and was winched from the accident scene by the
Christchurch based Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Pilot Stuart Farquhar said the deceased man was thrown out of
the vehicle and crushed as it rolled down the hill.
"The ute just slipped on a grassy road really and rolled then
down the bank.
"We got a paramedic to the scene, he confirmed the death and
had a look at the other patient who had also been in the
vehicle that rolled down the hill," Mr Farquhar said.
"We winched the injured 15-year-old into the helicopter and
took him back to the farmhouse where all the other emergency
"The police went in afterwards by helicopter because the
roads were too treacherous to drive in."
The third member of the hunting party, aged 17, had been
travelling on the deck of the vehicle and did not receive
The two teenagers were not related to Mr Percival, police
Police inquiries into Mr Percival's death were continuing.