Centre line crossed by dead rider
A Tauranga motorcyclist who died in a collision with a car near Matamata is believed to have crossed the centre line.
Police believe speed may have also been a factor in what caused Ivan Philip Stanbridge, 60, to veer into the path of an oncoming car on Sunday afternoon.
Paramedics tried in vain to resuscitate him by the side of Old Te Aroha Road at Okauia. He died at the scene at 3.30pm. He is the 30th person to died on the Waikato region’s roads this year.
Waikato Road Policing manager Inspector Freda Grace said the ‘‘experienced rider’’ had been riding with a group of motorcyclists earlier in the day.
He was alone, heading southbound, towards the Kaimai Ranges when he came over the brow of the hill and crossed the centre line.
‘‘The motorcycle has come across and clipped the car,’’ said Grace. ‘‘Speed could have been a factor. ‘‘He was just that little bit over the centre line, so it’s maybe too fast, or a momentary lapse of concentration.’’
Grace said the two people in the car heading towards Matamata were ‘‘fine but shaken’’.
‘‘It is sad because he was doing everything right. All the gear he was wearing – he had a good helmet, pants and jacket and was an experienced rider.’’
It was unlikely the man suffered any medical event, said Grace, and road conditions were fine at the time.
Police shut down the road and put diversions in place.
On Monday, police were working to inform next of kin, including the man’s children, who are believed to be living overseas.
Waikato’s Serious Crash Unit is looking into what caused the man to cross the centre line.
Meanwhile, The Waikato road toll is solely responsible for pushing the national road toll above last year’s for the same date.
Nationally, 155 people have died this year, compared with 147 at the same time last year.
"Obviously, it is tragic for all involved [with] those families. It’s the age-old plea to road users to take care,’’ Waikato Highway Patrol Senior Sergeant Gill Meadows said.
Waikato Road Policing manager Inspector Freda Grace said the dead man was an ‘‘experienced rider’’.