Woman killed in crash named

Last updated 10:02 08/01/2014

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A Hawke's Bay woman who was killed in a car crash yesterday can now be named.

Frances Ada Burden, 87, died when an oncoming van collided with her car on Napier Rd in Havelock North about 3pm yesterday.

Witnesses saw a van, which was travelling south, cross the centre line before it crashed into Burden's Mazda Demio, which was heading north. The crash occurred in the 80kmh section of Napier Rd, just 100 metres north of the 50kmh zone.

The 20-year-old man who was driving the van was admitted to Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital with a suspected broken leg.

Police closed the road for four hours while they examined the scene. The road was dry at the time and Senior Sergeant Greg Brown said excessive speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.

The Serious Crash investigators were looking at all aspects, including whether fatigue or distraction had contributed to the crash, Brown said.

"It is an absolute tragedy that on a seemingly innocuous stretch of road that the absolute worst outcome has resulted.  Now a family has to deal with the tragic loss of a mother and a grand mother", he said.

Brown urged all drivers to be alert and focus on their driving as fatalities could still occur at relatively low speeds.

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- The Dominion Post

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