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Investigation Continues Into Quad Bike Crash

Investigation Continues Into Quad Bike Crash


Southland Police are continuing their investigation into the death of a six-year-old Invercargill boy who died after the quad bike he was riding crashed on a farm at Lorneville near Invercargill around 5.30pm last evening.

Police say it appears that 6-year-old Charlie John Vercoe and his 12-year-old brother were out together riding quad bikes when the crash occurred.

While police are continuing to investigate the crash, initial indications are that Charlie lost control of the quad bike he was driving, which rolled before landing in a ditch of water.

He was taken to Southland Hospital where he later died.


His parents are being supported by family and Victim Support.

Charlie was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Police say that the incident is a tragic reminder of the need for a high level of safety in relation to farm vehicles.

The boys were visitors to the farm where the incident occurred.

The investigation is at an early stage and is being completed on behalf of the coroner.

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