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A driver killed in a single vehicle crash near Whatawhata in Waikato on Tuesday has been named as Donald Ross Edwards, 74, of Karamu.
Waikato road policing manager Inspector Leo Tooman said the crash, on Te Pahu Rd about 4.55pm, was still under investigation, but initial indications were that Mr Edwards' Ford Falcon failed to negotiate a right-hand bend and crossed both lanes before hitting a tree.
Mr Tooman said Waikato had the highest road toll in the country with 38 deaths in 35 crashes this year.
"And the busiest period on our roads, the summer holidays, are still to come with traffic in some of our more popular holiday spots often bought to a standstill.
"For some reason at Christmas, Kiwis often get into a panic believing things have to get done now. What we need is for everyone to take a deep breath, have a bit of patience and show some consideration, that way all motorists will be able to share this and future summers with their families."
- Herald Online