A man died after what police describe as a "highly modified
trike" crashed in Napier yesterday.
The crash happened about 4.30pm at the intersection of Ford
and Carnegie Rds in the Onekawa industrial district.
The road was closed for about two hours as heavy lifting
machinery was used to lift the trike from the scene, while
the injured man was taken by St John Ambulance to Hawke's Bay
Hospital, where he died despite emergency medical attention.
Hawke's Bay Police road policing officer-in-charge Senior
Sergeant Greg Brown said that while many people would have
been in the area, police were still wanting to speak with
anyone who witnessed the crash, in which the man fell from
the machine as it apparently went out of control and clipped
"At this stage it is too early to comment on the cause of the
crash," he said, "but it appears that no other vehicles were
Senior Constable Ian Cheyne, who was at the scene, said he
wanted to ascertain if anyone saw the machine and rider in
the streets before the crash and at the time it happened.
The weather was fine and the road dry. Investigations will
include the condition of the machine and its modifications.
A number plate found at the scene indicated the machine was
registered and warranted but that was still to be
investigated by police.
"We will be investigating whether it was roadworthy," said Mr
Brown, but speed, alcohol and driving behaviour will also be
focuses of the inquiry into how the crash happened at such a
The man's identity was known to police, who were last night
trying to contact next of kin before releasing details,
expected to be today.
It was the first fatality on Hawke's Bay roads since a man
died after the vehicle he was driving left Te Aute Rd south
of Hastings and crashed into a stream early on May 19.
It was the ninth fatality this year in the Eastern Police
District, which includes Hawke's Bay, Gisborne and East Cape.
It took the national toll for the year to a provisional 142,
about 30 more than at the same stage of 2013 expected to be
part of the highest half-year toll since 2010, when more than
190 had died by the end of June.
Up to yesterday morning, 22 of the road deaths throughout the
country this year had been on motorcycles -- 21 riders and
one pillion passenger.
Meanwhile, a 13-year-old Napier Boys' High School pupil was
understood last night to be still in a critical condition in
hospital after being injured when hit by a car.
He was riding his scooter on Tennyson St in Napier when the
collision took place early on Wednesday night.
- Hawke's Bay Today