Mo­tor­cy­clists warned to take care

The Northland Age - - Front Page -

The deaths of two more mo­tor­cy­clists on North­land roads has prompted po­lice to ad­vise peo­ple to drive to con­di­tions and to their abil­ity.

Sat­ur­day's crashes have pushed North­land's road death toll for this year to nine, of which four were mo­tor­cy­clists.

Sergeant Dy­lan Robin­son of Mid-North po­lice said a car and a mo­tor­cy­cle col­lided on State High­way 12, be­tween Ta­heke and the Rawene turnoff, near the junc­tion with Duddy Rd in Omanaia about 2pm on Sat­ur­day.

The crash hap­pened when the mo­tor­cy­clist, a 46-year-old North­land man, tried to over­take the car on a bend.

The mo­tor­cy­clist died at the scene. The male driver of the car suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries and was flown to Auck­land City Hos­pi­tal.

Robin­son said the car caught fire af­ter the crash, ig­nited nearby bush, and started a sig­nif­i­cant scrub fire.

Rawene and Kaikohe fire brigades spent more than three hours fight­ing the blaze.

In the other crash, a mo­tor­cy­clist hit the side of a bridge on Tan­gowahine Val­ley Rd about 4pm on Sat­ur­day.

Se­nior Sergeant Daniel Cleaver said ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions showed the north­bound mo­tor­cy­clist, a 63-year-old man from Auck­land, failed to take a mod­er­ate bend go­ing over the bridge.

He said mo­tor­cy­clists should ride to the con­di­tions and to their abil­ity.

"If you aren't sure of the roads, slow down a wee bit. That should al­low you time to see ahead. Both crashes oc­curred on a bend which indi­cates the mo­tor­cy­clists were not sure where the road was go­ing."

PIC­TURE / SUP­PLIED

Sur­round­ing bush caught alight af­ter the fa­tal crash be­tween a car and mo­tor­cy­cle near Omanaia on Sat­ur­day.

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