In­jured mo­tor­cy­clist dies in hos­pi­tal

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE -

The teenage mo­tor­cy­clist in­volved in a head-on col­li­sion near Toko­roa last week has died.

Tyler John Mur­ray, 16, from Hamil­ton, died in Waikato Hos­pi­tal on Fri­day.

On Mon­day, Jan­uary 10, he was rid­ing a farm bike on Jack Henry Rd when he col­lided with a Toy­ota Surf.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crash said it ap­peared Tyler was rid­ing on the wrong side of a gravel sec­tion of road when he col­lided with the Toy­ota on a blind bend.

Af­ter be­ing worked on at the scene by emer­gency ser­vices Tyler was air­lifted to Waikato Hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous head and leg in­juries.

The driver of the other ve­hi­cle was not in­jured. Re­ports in other me­dia that the boy was rid­ing a quad bike are not cor­rect, the ve­hi­cle was a mo­tor­cy­cle.

Last Mon­day’s in­ci­dent was the first fa­tal crash in the South Waikato District in 2011.

There were five fa­tal crashes in the district in 2010, the low­est road toll in the South Waikato District in re­cent years. Ac­cord­ing to En­vi­ron­ment Waikato fig­ures, in 2005 the district’s road toll stood at nine, the fol­low­ing year there were seven deaths and in 2007 there were eight.

2008 was a black year on South Waikato roads with 12 peo­ple dy­ing in ac­ci­dents while in 2009 the road toll was eight.

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