The 55-year-old driver involved in a serious crash on the
Kaimai Ranges which claimed the life of 8-year-old Jasnoor
Kaur on Thursday has died while another two victims from the
horror smash remain in hospital.
The driver has this afternoon been named as Roy Clifford
Baxter, 55, from Mount Maunganui.
Mr Baxter had been driving a Nissan van when it crossed the
centre line of State Highway 29 about 4pm and collided with
the Kaur family who were travelling in a Honda.
Mr Baxter died last night at Tauranga Hospital.
Jasnoor's 12-year-old brother Prabjot and 5-year-old family
friend Parmeet Bhaskar were in critical conditions at Waikato
Hospital by Friday morning but this afternoon Prabjot was in
a stable condition at Auckland's Starship Hospital while
Parmeet had been discharged from Waikato.
Jasnoor's and Prabjot's 34-year-old mother Rajwinder Kaur and
20-year-old friend Rabjir Kaur, who was driving, were also
taken to Waikato Hospital.
A Waikato Hospital spokeswoman said the 20-year-old was in a
stable condition in a ward but the 34-year-old had been
The sixth victim of the crash, a 79-year-old woman who was
taken to Tauranga Hospital, has since been discharged, a
Tauranga Hospital spokesman said.
Police were still investigating the cause of the crash.
Senior Sergeant Ian Campion urges driver to take extreme care
on State Highway 29 over the Kaimai Ranges over the winter
months and particularly during adverse weather conditions.
- Bay of Plenty Times