Injured motorcyclist dies in hospital
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.