Police have released the name of a Riverton man killed in a
head-on crash with a car carrying Singaporean tourists on
State Highway 1 near Clinton on Tuesday afternoon.
He was Neville Westbrooke Squires (82).
Senior Sergeant Richard Whitmore, of Balclutha, said initial
inquiries into the crash indicated the driver of a Toyota RAV
began to overtake a northbound truck, travelling into the
path of an oncoming southbound car about 1.20pm on Tuesday.
A 26-year-old Singaporean man had been charged with dangerous
driving causing death, he said.
The man appeared in the Dunedin District Court yesterday and
was remanded in custody to appear again today.
Snr Sgt Whitmore said the police investigation was continuing
and further charges were likely.
The driver of the southbound car, in which Mr Squires was a
front-seat passenger, remains in Dunedin Hospital. Three
passengers in the Toyota RAV, who are all tourists from
Singapore, also remain in Dunedin Hospital. No further
details on the extent of their injuries was available last
Balclutha police are seeking to talk to the driver of the
large truck that was being overtaken just before the crash.
The truck is red with silver trim on the side, with a solid
back and double doors. It was travelling north at the time of
Police are also appealing for information from motorists who
were driving on State Highway 1 near Kuriwao, about 6km north
of Clinton, before the crash, and who may have seen a gold
Toyota RAV or the red and silver truck.