Police at the scene of a double fatality in the Lindis Pass
yesterday inspect the wreckage of two Harley-Davidson
motorbikes, which ended up on the road barrier, and the
Nissan car involved in the crash. Photo by ODT.
Two men, believed to be gang members, were killed when
their motorcycles were involved in a crash with a car on the
Lindis Pass yesterday.
A 26-year-old Timaru woman, who was a pillion passenger, was
airlifted to Dunedin Hospital by the Otago Regional Rescue
Helicopter. She was in a critical condition last night.
A second woman, the sole occupant of the Nissan car, was in a
satisfactory condition in hospital.
One of the men was believed to be from Timaru and the other
from the North Island.
Central Otago police sub area commander Senior Sergeant Ian
Kerrisk said the two men were confirmed dead at the scene.
Emergency services were called to the crash at 2.16pm on
State Highway 8, 19km north of Tarras, near Goodger Rd.
The two men, on Harley-Davidsons, were in a group of
motorcyclists travelling north, while the car driver was
heading south. Some of the motorcyclists had witnessed the
crash and they were interviewed by police at Tarras
yesterday. Victim Support volunteers were on hand to support
those involved, Snr Sgt Kerrisk said.
Fire, police and ambulance personnel from Central Otago and
the Waitaki District attended the crash and the road was
closed for several hours. A single lane was reopened last
Cromwell police last night thanked members of the public who
assisted at the scene, including a group of doctors.
Police are interested in sightings of a dark-coloured Nissan
Pulsar travelling south from Omarama towards Cromwell.
They were also keen to speak to the occupants of a white
station wagon travelling in a line of traffic shortly before
the crash and in the movements of about eight motorcyclists
on Harley-Davidsons who were travelling north towards
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cromwell
police on (03) 445-1999.