An elderly man was flown to hospital after a crash that killed the passenger in his car. The man in his 90s was driving the silver four wheel drive that smashed into a tree in a forestry block at Mercer in the north Waikato on Saturday. The passenger, a woman, died shortly after the crash, which happened on an old forestry track at 3.12pm. Police said a four wheel drive vehicle struck a tree between Douglas and Mercer Ferry roads. The elderly man was trapped for some time in the driver’s seat. After a ‘‘lengthy extrication’’, the man was flown to Auckland City Hospital by the Auckland and Coromandel Westpac Rescue helicopter. He had serious multiple injuries, a helicopter spokesperson said in a statement.
Work is progressing on the installation of two new safe speed cameras in high crash risk areas in the Counties Manukau Police district. Awhitu Rd in Karioitahi and Glenbrook Rd in Kingseat are among 33 sites across the country where new safe speed cameras will be placed in an effort to drive down mean speeds and related deaths and injuries in these areas.
‘‘The placement of the poles and cameras is occurring at those sites across the country that have been identified as having a high crash risk and a history of fatalities and injury crashes, based on detailed analysis by independent traffic experts,’’ said Operations Manager Road Policing, Inspector Peter McKennie.
Work to install the first poles that will eventually hold the cameras began in early September, and the poles for the Awhitu Rd and Glenbrook Rd sites will be put in place in the near future. The cameras will be installed after that and once in place, they will be thoroughly tested before becoming operational, said Mr McKennie.
Pukekohe police have recovered items of property they are keen to return to owners. Items include an electric chainsaw, a Tissot watch found in Pukekohe’s CBD, two rings left at a spa in Waiuku during August, and a Maori bone and greenstone necklace found at Mercer. Contact the Pukekohe Police Station if you believe these items to be yours.