South Waikato road toll grow­ing

South Waikato News - - Front Page - PHILLIPA YALDEN

Two more peo­ple have died on South Waikato roads in just over one week, adding to a ter­ri­ble road toll for the region this year.

On Sun­day two peo­ple were thrown about 10 me­tres from a four-wheel drive in a chaotic crash on a ma­jor North Is­land high­way on Sun­day evening.

Napier woman Kirsten Ma­ree Mann [27], was the sole oc­cu­pant of one ve­hi­cle. She died at the scene of the head-on col­li­sion on State High­way 1 at Kin­leith.

Two oth­ers, both in their twen­ties, were ejected on im­pact. They suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries. An­other per­son suf­fered mod­er­ate in­juries.

Last Tues­day Toko­roa man Robert Charles Far­rar died on Tues­day af­ter be­ing hit by a truck on a South Waikato high­way.

The 20-year-old was struck in the north­bound lane of the 100kmh high­way north of his home town of Toko­roa, Bay of Plenty road po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Fane Troy said.

A tangi and ser­vice for Bobby was held at Papa O Te Aroha Marae, Mos­sop Road, Toko­roa on

‘‘There were a num­ber of peo­ple at the scene tak­ing care of all the pa­tients when we ar­rived.’’ Dave Mor­ris


Toko­roa Fire Chief Dave Mor­ris said fire­fight­ers ar­rived at the scene of Sun­day’s ac­ci­dent to find de­bris from both ve­hi­cles lit­ter­ing the road.

By­s­tanders and ambulance staff were al­ready help­ing the in­jured on the road­side.

‘‘There were a num­ber of peo­ple at the scene tak­ing care of all the pa­tients when we ar­rived.’’

Fire crews spent five hours clear­ing the scene and pro­vide lighting, he said.

A St John spokesper­son said the first ambulance ar­rived on scene from Toko­roa at 5.09pm on Sun­day.

Six ambulance units in­clud­ing two he­li­copters from Taupo and Waikato at­tended the scene where there were five pa­tients in to­tal, the spokesper­son said.

Two peo­ple with mod­er­ate and mi­nor in­juries were taken by road to Toko­roa Hos­pi­tal and were later dis­charged.

Two oth­ers with se­ri­ous in­juries were flown to Waikato Hos­pi­tal where they re­main in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

Since Jan­uary, there have now been 12 deaths from 11 crashes in the Taupo and South Waikato area. Eight of those deaths have been in the South Waikato.

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