Man dies after crashing car metres from party

A man who died in Eketahuna after crashing his car in the Tararua town allegedly drove off from a party because his wife had said she wanted to leave him.

Police have named the dead man as Adrian James Ihaka, aged 36, of Eketahuna.

A man in his mid-30s, crashed into a power pole on the corner of Herbert St and Alfredton Rd, Eketahuna, about 10:30pm yesterday.

Acting Central District road policing manager Kris Burbery said the man had been at a party, where he got into an argument, left, drove 600m down the road and crashed into a power pole.

''Initial indications suggest that alcohol and speed are two factors that have caused this tragic and totally preventable crash.''

Despite first aid being given the man died at the scene.

An Eketahuna woman told the Manawatu Standard the man had been drinking at the Eketahuna Rugby clubrooms at the time.

The club was celebrating its 125th jubilee this weekend, but the man was not a member, she said.'

He was angry at the time because he had been told his wife wanted to leave him.

''He did big donuts down the driveway and skidded all the way down the road.''

The Police Serious Crash Unit were investigating. The case would be referred to the Coroner.

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