Driver did not see other car
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