A man who died in a quad bike accident in Wanganui yesterday
has been named.
Sonny Peke, 38, had a partner and children, according to
Rangitikei councillor Soraya Peke-Mason and her husband Andre
Mr Peke's quad bike crashed in Castlecliff about 12.35pm. He
was taken to Wanganui Hospital where he later died.
Police said he was not wearing a helmet and the bike was not
certified for road use.
"He's my first cousin," Mr Mason said. "I was just there at
the emergency department."
Mr Mason was told Mr Peke had hit the side of the kerb,
tipped over and hit his head.
"It's a big loss for the family, especially the children," he
said. "It was a very sad situation.
Anna Calman, who said she was related to Mr Peke, was shocked
at the news.
"Another friend gone," she said.
"He's left behind beautiful kids now. They're lost without
A man living on the street said he looked outside and saw Mr
Peke lying on the ground with about six to eight people
standing around him.
"I thought it wasn't serious because it's only the bike and
the man lying down, it didn't involve a collision or
anything," said Fiatau Faalili.
Mr Peke's family was being supported by police, who are
investigating the crash.