A woman was killed on a Taranaki highway after someone
"stupidly" blocked a lane by intentionally placing barriers
across the road, police say.
Hawera woman Christine Anne Fairweather, 57, was struck by a
vehicle in the southbound lane of State Highway 3 at Normanby
on Saturday night.
Police said it was believed she had stopped her car and
turned on the hazard lights after encountering metal fencing
frames on road.
The frames, which were in place around cable work on the
footpath, had been intentionally moved from the footpath and
placed across the highway.
Mrs Fairweather was attempting to move the frames when she
was struck by a northbound vehicle about 11.50pm.
Emergency services attended but she died at the scene.
Detective Guy Jackson of Taranaki CIB said: "Mrs Fairweather
was being a good Samaritan and went to move the frames which
had stupidly been put in the middle of a major highway.
"However, due to the atrocious weather and heavy rain, a
northbound vehicle has struck her. The driver of this vehicle
is understandably traumatised from the crash and we are
continuing to speak to them."
Police were seeking witnesses who may have seen the barriers
placed across the road.
"We are continuing to make inquiries and speak to witnesses
and we want to speak to anyone who either stopped at the
scene at the time of the crash or who may have seen the
barriers being placed on the road," Mr Jackson said.
"If anyone saw any suspicious behaviour or something just out
of the ordinary in the area, please contact police.
"I also want to take this opportunity to encourage those who
put the barriers on the road to do the right thing and come
Anyone with information is asked to call Mr Jackson on (06)
215 5263 or the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.