Pedes­trian dies

Marlborough Express - - NEWS -

A pedes­trian hit by a car in Blen­heim has died in hos­pi­tal. Joseph Ber­togg, 30, was hit by a car at the in­ter­sec­tion of Cole­mans Rd and Or­chard Lane, in Spring­lands, shortly be­fore 6.30am on June 19. He was flown to Welling­ton Hos­pi­tal in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion. The Blen­heim man was trans­ferred back to Wairau Hos­pi­tal on Fri­day. He died on Satur­day. A fam­ily spokes­woman said Joseph en­joyed a colourful life, which was cut short by a tragic ac­ci­dent. Cole­mans Rd was closed for six hours as po­lice con­ducted a se­ri­ous crash in­ves­ti­ga­tion on June 19. Marl­bor­ough com­mu­nity Con­sta­ble Russ Smith said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing but there were some fac­tors that may have con­trib­uted to the crash. ‘‘The pedes­trian in this case was wear­ing dark cloth­ing and was on the road when he was struck,’’ he said. ‘‘It doesn’t mat­ter how care­ful you are cross­ing the road dur­ing the hours of dark­ness or in low-light con­di­tions, there is al­ways a risk that a mo­torist will not see you.’’ A fu­neral ser­vice will be held on Thurs­day.

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