Two killed in Edgecumbe crash
Title: Two killed in Edgecumbe crash
11pm last night (Tuesday, 19 February) emergency services
attended a double fatal road crash on Main Street, Edgecumbe
in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
Initial enquiries indicate
a Subaru car travelling north failed to negotiate a moderate
right-hand bend and as a result the vehicle crossed the
centre line colliding with a tree.
The driver, a
19-year-old local man, and front seat passenger, a
25-year-old local man, both died from injuries sustained in
Police are appealing for witnesses who may
have seen the white coloured Subaru vehicle on Main Street
immediately prior to the crash are asked to contact either
the Edgecumbe Police on 07 304 9004 or the Whakatane Police
on 07 308 5255.
Neither man was wearing a seatbelt, the
wrong class of driver's licence was held, and speed is also
believed to be a contributory factor. Further analysis is
required to determine whether alcohol is a factor in this
The names of the men are expected to be released
later this afternoon once next of kin have been advised.
The matter has been referred to the coroner.
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