Fond farewell for driver
Family speaks of ‘typical cheeky Maori boy’
Tears, laughter and fond memories were shared as friends and family members of 22-year-old Rutger Hale, killed after a mystery object flew through the windscreen of this car, farewelled him in a touching ceremony at Lake Hawea. Hale died on October 24 after he was driving with his girlfriend Danielle Oylear on the Lake Hawea to Albert Town Rd. At 6.25am an unknown, fist-sized object smashed through his windscreen, hit him in the head and killed him. The missile then smashed out through the rear window. It was believed the item was an object about the size of a brick and the colour of cardboard but after an extensive search police have not yet located the object or confirmed what it was. About 50 people attended the farewell held at Scott’s Beach on Sunday. Hale’s great-uncle
Peter Phillips said ‘‘it guts me to think he has gone this way but it must have been his time’’. He thanked everyone who had been involved in the incident who had tried to ‘‘piece together the riddle’’. ‘‘He has been gone four weeks. It feels like a year already. ‘‘He was an amazing young man. A typical cheeky little Maori boy,’’ Mr Phillips said. ‘‘We know he is here with us without a doubt. There are so many signs around for me.’’ Miss Oylear said she had spoken about death with Mr Hale about three weeks before the accident. He said his time would come when it would come and he was not going waste time worrying about it. Miss Oylear said the pair, who had moved to the area only weeks before the accident, felt at home. ‘‘If he was going to leave me anywhere, he has left me in the best place,’’ she said.