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


Two fatal crashes in Christchurch within 24 hours

Two fatal crashes in Christchurch within 24 hours

Canterbury Police attended a second fatal crash at around 8pm last night (4 October 2015) involving a car and a bus at the intersection of Kilmore St and Columbo St. The passenger of the car was confirmed as deceased at the scene.

The death has been referred to the Coroner. No further details of the deceased will be released until the process to inform next of kin has been completed.

Canterbury Police Road Policing Manager, Inspector Al Stewart, says “Police investigations into the cause of both last night’s and Saturday’s fatal crashes are ongoing. However Police are extremely disappointed at the standard of driving across the District this year which has resulted in 13 more fatalities on our roads compared to the same time last year.”

“Police enforcement in Canterbury can only go so far in preventing serious injury and fatalities on our roads. Drivers need to take responsibility for their decision to get behind the wheel and for their manner of driving. However friends, colleagues and members of the public also need to speak up if they believe someone should not be driving.”

“In Saturday’s fatal crash the driver of the van was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle when it collided with a south-bound car on Durham St. The driver of the van was confirmed as deceased at the scene and the two occupants of the car are in Christchurch Hospital’s ICU in a critical condition. CCTV footage of the van prior to the crash shows it speeding the wrong way along Salisbury St” explained Inspector Stewart.

Police investigations into both crashes are ongoing.

“Canterbury’s rural and suburban roads are only as safe as those using them. In an emergency always call 111, however dangerous or erratic driving can be reported by calling *555 free from your mobile phone. Road safety is everybody’s responsibility. This weekend two people did not reach their destination and the impact will be felt by not only their family but the wider community.”

“Police want every journey to be a safe journey and urge road users to take simple steps before they get behind the wheel or on their bikes such as wearing seat belts, driving to the conditions, if you drink don’t drive and don’t drive tired. By Police and the community working together we can make our roads safer for all road users” says Inspector Stewart.

If anyone witnessed either of the weekend’s fatal crashes and haven’t spoken to Police please call Christchurch Central Police station on 03 363 7400.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Government: Traffic Light Levels Announced

The levels at which different parts of New Zealand will move forward into the COVID-19 Protection Framework this Friday have been announced. Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts will move in at Red... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why An Attack On Iran Is Back On The Agenda

Reportedly, Christopher Luxon has the edge on Simon Bridges in National’s leadership contest although there is no firm evidence for that hunch. So, one hesitates about joining a media echo chamber that amplifies Luxon’s chances ahead of the 3pm caucus meeting today. You know how it goes: Luxon doesn’t quite have the numbers, so his people start talking to the media to make him seem like the smart bet. Or even perhaps: Luxon hasn't got the numbers, and his people start talking to the media to talk up his support so that he gets a nicer consolation prize... More>>


National: Christopher Luxon Elected Party Leader
Christopher Luxon has been elected Leader of the New Zealand National Party, alongside Nicola Willis as Deputy Leader. “It is a tremendous privilege to lead our great party, and I thank my colleagues for the confidence they have placed in me,” Mr Luxon says... More>>

Government: New Law Will Clear The Air For Tamariki In Vehicles
From today, it’s illegal to smoke or vape in most vehicles carrying children aged under 18 years old - whether the vehicle is moving or not. “Second-hand smoke poses an unacceptable risk to our tamariki and rangatahi,” Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall said... More>>

Government: Workplace Vaccination Requirements Extended To Cover Police And NZ Defence Force

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today that workplace vaccination requirements will be extended to include the New Zealand Police and Defence Force in preparation for the transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework on 3 December 2021... More>>

Freedom Camping: Making Sure People Are Up To Play With Changes
People interested in finding out how the proposed improvements to freedom camping might affect them are being invited to an information-sharing webinar... More>>

AUT: Aucklanders Are Less Concerned With Covid
In reaction to commentary that Aucklanders are at breaking point after more than 100 days in lockdown and that compliance with the rules is under threat, AUT Emeritus Professor of Sociology Charles Crothers says... More>>

National: Launches First Step To World-class Tech Sector

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says technology will create exciting careers and higher paying jobs and has the potential to transform the New Zealand economy... More>>




InfoPages News Channels