A Far North man has been charged with drink-driving causing
death following a crash which claimed the life of a popular
school teacher as he was cycling on a rural Kerikeri road.
Bill Bayliss, 54, was riding on Kapiro Rd when he was struck
by a four-wheel-drive about 8.10am on January 18. He suffered
critical injuries and died on the way to hospital.
Pieces of Mr Bayliss' bike were scattered along a 100m
section of road. The vehicle ended up on its side on the the
verge on the opposite side of the road. The driver was
uninjured and breath-tested at the scene.
The road was closed for much of the day while the Serious
Crash Unit investigated.
A 36-year-old Matauri Bay man was formally charged on April
22 with driving with excess breath alcohol causing death. It
was also his third or subsequent drink-driving offence. He
was remanded on bail to May 13.
Mr Bayliss taught at Westmount School, a private school near
Kerikeri with a roll of about 100 pupils, and was the head of
mathematics for all 15 Westmount campuses across New Zealand.
He was an active member of the community and was particularly
involved in the Kerikeri Squash Club.
At the time club chairman Claude Shepherd described Mr
Bayliss as a "genuine good guy" who was always ready to help
others. His death was a tragic loss for his family, school
and the community.
Westmount School principal Mike Pinker said he was a
respected, loyal and greatly appreciated staff member. He had
been at the school since 2005.
Mr Bayliss was the first fatality on Northland roads and the
second cyclist to die in New Zealand in 2014. The crash
occurred on a straight section of road in good visibility at
a time of little traffic.
- Northern Advocate