Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Weekend sees Waikato fourth motorcycle fatality

Weekend sees Waikato fourth motorcycle fatality

Too many- too often is how Waikato Police describe a spate of motorcycle crashes in the District after two separate incidents on Saturday claimed the life of one rider and left another critically injured.

District Road Policing Manager, Inspector Freda Grace said Police are appealing for witnesses or motorists travelling on the same stretch of road around the same time where the first crash happened.

"This crash is still under investigation by the Waikato Serious Crash Unit but what we can say is that speed appears to have been a factor in what occurred about 9.40am.

"The collision involved a south-bound Triumph motorcycle and an agricultural unit on the Morrinsville-Walton Rd and it appears the motorcycle has driven into the trailer as the 10-ton tractor-trailer unit has turned right into a driveway. The 45-year-old motorcyclist died at the scene."

Mrs Grace said it was of concern for Police that the circumstances of this crash mirror those of a crash earlier last week that claimed the life of another rider and appears to be another avoidable tragedy.

"The problem we have with this crash is that there were no immediate witnesses. We do know however, that shortly before the crash the tractor and trailer unit was passed by two other vehicles and we would like to speak to those drivers in relation to the behaviour of the tractor driver and the motorcyclist.

"Anyone in the area that saw either vehicle is asked to contact Sergeant Dean Kaio of the Matamata Piako Road Policing Unit at the Morrinsville Police Station on 07 858 6200."

Mrs Grace said this morning's crash, and another motorcycle crash on Storey Rd near Ohinewai just before 11am are of concern for Police because this was the fourth motorcycle fatality in the Waikato so far this year and the later crash the second involving a rider being critically injured.

"In the second crash the rider, who was part of a larger charity ride, appears to have miss-judged a bend and crashed into a fence.

"Given the debris at the scene, where three fence posts were knocked down, speed again appears to have been a factor. Police are urging all motorists, particularly motorcyclists, to drive to the speed limit and know the limit of their abilities as the Waikato reflects on its sixth fatality of the year."

End

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

South Island Flooding: Focus Moves To Recovery

As water recedes throughout flood-impacted areas of the South Island, Minister of Civil Defence Nathan Guy has praised the efforts of those who were involved in the response to the flooding.

“Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups have acted proactively and decisively to keep people and property out of harm’s way,” says Mr Guy. More>>

 

Employers Pleased: Reports Of Govt Backdown On Low-Wage Immigration

MEA: We are pleased to hear that the Government is planning to review incoming immigration changes with a specific focus on how they will affect the regions. Effectively addressing skills shortages in manufacturing and other sectors needs to remain a core part of our immigration system ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD

Job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation... More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

ALSO:

Greens Call For Govt Action: Children Sick Because Of NZ Housing

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians president-elect said today that children with preventable respiratory illnesses are being re-admitted to hospital because they're being sent back to cold, damp homes. More>>

ALSO:

Less Tax Cut, More Spending: Labour Launches Fiscal Plan

“Labour will invest $8 billion more in health, $4 billion more in education and $5 billion more for Kiwi families through Working for Families, Best Start and the Winter Energy Payment than the Budget 2017 projections for the forecast period.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism

The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog