Woman killed in crash

Res­i­dents turned away from homes as po­lice close road, af­ter car rolls 10m down bank just be­fore dawn

Hawke's Bay Today - - FRONT PAGE - Astrid Austin re­ports,

A female mo­torist has been killed in a crash on Tau­roa Road in Have­lock North. Five peo­ple have now died this year on Hawke’s Bay roads, in­clud­ing two driv­ers, two mo­tor­cy­clists and one cy­clist.

Afe­male mo­torist was killed in a crash on a sub­ur­ban Hawke’s Bay road yes­ter­day morn­ing. Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the crash at 6.35am on Tau­roa Rd, Have­lock North, where it was ini­tially be­lieved some­one was trapped.

A po­lice spokesman said the sole female oc­cu­pant died at the scene, af­ter the car went about 10 me­tres down a bank among tall trees.

The road, the only route to the base of Te Mata Peak, was closed for sev­eral hours, as was the Tau­roa Rd Re­serve to pedes­tri­ans.

Po­lice had left the scene just af­ter 1pm yes­ter­day.

Ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans were then al­lowed out of the cor­doned area, while res­i­dents try­ing to en­ter their houses on the closed road were be­ing turned away.

One lo­cal res­i­dent said the first she heard of the in­ci­dent was when she saw po­lice out­side from her bed­room win­dow. An­other woman, who lives on Hikanui Drive and walks her dog through Tau­roa Rd ev­ery morn­ing, said she “felt sick” upon hear­ing what had hap­pened.

Yes­ter­day’s fa­tal­ity, along with a crash near Ti­maru takes the toll to 171 on New Zealand roads so far this year. At the same time last year, the num­ber was 165 and that had in­creased steadily since it was 137 in 2014.

In Hawke’s Bay, in­clud­ing Napier and Hast­ings and Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay dis­tricts, five peo­ple have died on the roads this year. That in­cludes two driv­ers, two mo­tor­cy­cle riders and a cy­clist.

A spokesper­son for St John said they were un­able to com­ment.

Photo / War­ren Buck­land

Tau­roa Rd in Have­lock North was closed fol­low­ing a fatal crash.

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