Mysterious death to go before coroner
The death of 22-year-old Rutger Hale, killed by a mystery object while driving between Wanaka and Lake Hawea, will be examined by a coroner this week.
Hale was driving with his girlfriend Danielle Oylear on State Highway 6 on October 24 when an object smashed through the windscreen of his Subaru car, hit him on the head and exited through the rear window.
The object has never been identified, despite extensive searches and scientific analyses.
Oylear said she hoped the hearing would bring new information on the case to light and that the coroner did not close the case as cold.
‘‘I’m hoping the coroner discovers it’s still worth investigation. I think we want more answers before it’s closed,’’ she said.
The inquest into Hale’s death will be held in Queenstown on Friday.
An inquest into the death of Queenstown twoyear-old Violet Waples is also scheduled for this week.
Violet’s body was found face-down in Lake Wakatipu after it appeared she crawled through a gap in the fence of her Kelvin Heights home and wandered off toward the lake on August 4 last year.
She had been with her mother Alana on the morning of her death and drowned less than 100 metres from their home. The toddler’s death gripped the town and Violet’s family were left "absolutely devastated’’.
Both hearings will be conducted by Coroner Richard McElrea.
Killed: Former Aucklander Rutger Hale.