Car crash vic­tim farewelled

Piako Post - - OUT & ABOUT - PHILLIPA YALDEN

A Mata­mata man killed in a head-on crash on his way to work one Fri­day morn­ing was farewelled.

Michael Peter Van Den Broek, or Snow as he was known by fam­ily and friends, died at the scene of the crash with a ute on the out­skirts of Mor­rinsville on Au­gust 25.

The 57 year old leaves be­hind his wife of 31 years, Ju­dith, and daugh­ter Ge­or­gia.

Po­lice were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing what ex­actly led one of the driv­ers to cross the cen­tre­line on Kere­one Rd in the dark­ness at 5.30am.

A truck driver was the first to come across the two smashed ve­hi­cles - a sil­ver ute and Van Den Broek’s sil­ver hatch­back.

Tools and equip­ment were scat­tered across the high­way amid the wreck­age.

‘‘The crash hap­pened on a gen­tle bend with a slight rise on it, where a ute head­ing east has col­lided with a smaller pas­sen­ger car trav­el­ling to­wards Mor­rinsville,’’ Waikato road po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Pete van de We­ter­ing said ear­lier.

‘‘Both men are lo­cal to the Waikato and were head­ing to work for the morn­ing.’’

Van de We­ter­ing said the im­pact of the crash shunted the hatch­back off the road and left the late-model ute in a ditch 10km east of Mor­rinsville.

The ute driver was taken to Waikato Hos­pi­tal with mod­er­ate in­juries.

In a fu­neral no­tice pub­lished in the Waikato Times, Van Den Broek is de­scribed as a ‘‘dearly loved hus­band and soul­mate and much loved dad’’.

‘‘A much loved son, brother, brother-in-law, un­cle and great un­cle. A good mate to many.

A cel­e­bra­tion of ‘‘Snow’s life’’ was to be held at the RSA Clu­b­rooms, Ngaio Street, Mata­mata, on Thurs­day, Au­gust 31.

He is the 23rd fa­tal­ity on the roads within the Waikato po­lice’s ju­ris­dic­tion so far this year.

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