Death in hospital lifts 2018 road toll

A man injured in a Nelson car crash last month has died - taking last year's road toll up to 382.

The 29-year-old died in Wellington Regional Hospital yesterday.

The man was one of several people injured in the crash on Whakatu Drive in Stoke early on December 20.

He is the second victim of the crash - the other was a 25-year-old woman from the West Coast.

She was one of three passengers thrown from the vehicle after it reportedly lost control, left the road and rolled. The driver received serious injuries.

It is not known whether the man who died yesterday was one of the passengers or the driver.

Last year's road toll is the highest on our roads since 2009, when 384 people lost their lives.

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