Cen­tre line crossed by dead rider

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - PHILLIPA YALDEN

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’’.

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