Crash victim named as former farmer

The Moeraki River Bridge. Photo: Google
The Moeraki River Bridge. Photo: Google
A Haast man who died in a high-speed car crash at Moeraki Bridge on Wednesday was a former farmer turned whitebaiter.

Todd Stewart McKenzie (53), of Hannahs Clearing, was killed when the Holden V8 saloon he was driving crashed off the Moeraki River Bridge on State Highway 6 on Wednesday evening.

Three passengers in the vehicle got out  safely, although one suffered a broken arm or wrist and  was airlifted to Grey Base Hospital.

Those helping in the aftermath heard from the surviving occupants that they "had never been in a vehicle travelling so fast" while a Lake Moeraki resident said the car "literally flew across the whole Moeraki River".

Long-time Haast resident Kerry Eggeling said yesterday he knew the car well as it "sounded like a jet engine" when it  travelled past  his home on Haast-Jackson Bay Rd.

"You heard it more than you saw it," he said.

A neighbour of Mr McKenzie’s, Barry Horne, said Mr McKenzie had moved to the area a couple of years ago from  Whanganui.

"All I know was that he was a whitebaiter. He’d had a farm in the North Island and sold that before moving into a house down the road."

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