Names of Hawke's Bay fatals released

Police have named the 25-year-old mother who was killed in a single car crash near Napier on Sunday.

She was Hester Raharuhi, 25, from Hastings.

Ms Raharuhi was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, police said yesterday.

The woman's 2-year-old daughter escaped with only moderate injuries as she was strapped in her car seat.

The car had veered off State Highway 50, between Hastings and Napier, and ended up in a ditch about midday Sunday.

It was the first of two fatal crashes in Hawke's Bay within a few hours.

In the second, a man died after the car he was in crashed into a power pole at the intersection of SH2 and Drumpeel Road in Otane, south of Hastings, about 6.50pm.

Police today named him as 35-year-old Stacy Edward Graham.

A second man was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Yesterday, Auckland police named the man who died after a car crashed into a traffic light pole about on Saturday morning on Great South Road, Papatoetoe.

He was Feroz Mohammad, 20, of Otahuhu.

The car mounted the kerb and was driven along the pavement for about 30m before it hit the traffic lights.

Speed and impatience were contributing factors in a crash which left another man injured, police said.



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