Driver did not see other car

Taranaki Daily News - - News - Ja­nine Rankin

A ru­ral Manawatu¯ in­ter­sec­tion where a former Taranaki woman died in a crash 10 days be­fore Christ­mas will be con­trolled by stop signs, as rec­om­mended by a coro­ner.

Jac­que­line Brid­get Car­rie, 27, was driv­ing slowly on Tay­lor Rd through an in­ter­sec­tion on her way to work when her ve­hi­cle was struck by a Nis­san trav­el­ling along Tangi­moana Rd.

Coro­ner Tim Scott said the Nis­san had the right of way and Car­rie should have given way. She had been driv­ing slowly into the in­ter­sec­tion, but did not stop.

He said speed and al­co­hol were not fac­tors and it was ob­vi­ous Car­rie had sim­ply not seen the other ve­hi­cle. She died of mul­ti­ple in­juries.

Scott said Car­rie, who worked as a barista in Palmer­ston North, was fa­mil­iar with the in­ter­sec­tion, which she drove through five days a week on her way to and from work, and it was likely nei­ther driver was ex­pect­ing to see an­other ve­hi­cle.

At first he thought re­plac­ing give way signs with stop signs, as sug­gested by Car­rie’s fam­ily, might not achieve much.

But on re­flec­tion, he thought stop signs would be more likely to cause most driv­ers to stop rather than slow down and to be more aware that spe­cial care should be taken at the in­ter­sec­tion. Scott said the Manawatu¯ District Coun­cil had agreed to change the signs.

Jackie Car­rie’s death in a road crash has prompted in­stal­la­tion of stop signs at a ru­ral in­ter­sec­tion

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