Oamaru pedestrian slipped before fatal crash - police

The busy intersection, between Redcastle Rd and Fernbrook Rd on SH1 Thames Highway in Oamaru,...
The busy intersection, between Redcastle Rd and Fernbrook Rd on SH1 Thames Highway in Oamaru, where a fatal pedestrian crash occurred on Sunday. PHOTO: JULES CHIN
Police have revealed the pedestrian killed after she was hit by a vehicle in Oamaru on Sunday was a 78-year-old who slipped on to the road after visiting the hospice.

Meanwhile, a cyclist who died after colliding with a vehicle in Wānaka was believed to be travelling at speed on the wrong side of the road and not wearing a helmet, police say.

Police are calling for witnesses following the Oamaru pedestrian's death on Sunday.

In a statement, police said emergency services were called to a serious crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian between Fernbrook Rd and Redcastle Rd on SH1, about 5.55pm.

Detective Kevin Kirkman, of Oamaru, confirmed yesterday the fatal crash occurred near Iona Home and the Galleon Family Complex.

The investigation into the crash was under way.

"We would like to hear if anyone saw anything or recorded it, or has dashcam footage," Det Kirkman said.

A police source said it was believed a woman slipped on to the road before being hit by a vehicle.

"What we understand is a 78-year-old female was visiting somebody at a hospice.

"When she left with a group of friends, she stumbled, possibly slipped in her high-heel boots and stumbled on to the road and was then hit by the car.

"She had a low pulse upon police arrival, and then she had a cardiac event."

Emergency services work at the place where a cyclist was seriously injured and then died, after...
Emergency services work at the place where a cyclist was seriously injured and then died, after his bike and a car collided on the corner of Plantation Rd and Anderson Rd, just off the State Highway 84 roundabout, in Wanaka on Saturday afternoon.
Snr Const Perkins told the Otago Daily Times the cyclist who died at the intersection of State Highway 84 and Anderson Rd in Wānaka about 3.50pm on Saturday was a 25-year-old male tourist from Japan.

He collided with a vehicle turning left into Plantation Rd.

Police understood he was travelling on the wrong side of Plantation Rd when he collided with the side of the vehicle at speed.

He was not wearing a helmet.

The nature of the crash made it unlikely any charges would be laid against the driver, Snr Const Perkins said.

The incident should serve as a reminder to all road users to be mindful of their surroundings and potential hazards, especially during periods of limited light in winter.

Several bouquets of flowers sat on a traffic island at the intersection yesterday, including one with a message made on behalf of local advocacy group Bike Wānaka.

Flowers are laid at the site where a cyclist was killed after colliding with a vehicle in Wānaka...
Flowers are laid at the site where a cyclist was killed after colliding with a vehicle in Wānaka on Saturday. PHOTOS: MARJORIE COOK
Wānaka-Upper Clutha Community Board chairman and Bike Wānaka representative Simon Telfer said both groups were devastated to hear about the incident.

"The Bike Wānaka community has been hit hard by the news and there has been lots of messages over the weekend and laying of flowers at the site.

"I have been in contact with the police to provide support for the family when that is appropriate.

"To the family back in Japan, we want to let them know that we, too, feel their loss and understand how difficult it is for them being so far from where his passing happened.

"It has affected the community deeply here."

He acknowledged the "complex layout" of the area where the death occurred, which includes the busy junction of a state highway, a cross-town link road and several cycle and shared paths.

— Regan Harris and Jules Chin

 

 

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