Man died after causing five-car pile-up
A Lower Hutt widower died after causing a five car pileup when he failed to see the cars in front of him slowing down for road works.
In a decision released today, Coroner Ian Smith said the accident happened in the left southbound lane, about 300m north of the intersection with the Kennedy Good Bridge and the Kelson traffic light intersection.
Frederick Franklin Pycroft, 90, died of spinal injuries in hospital after a crash on State Highway 2 near Belmont, Lower Hutt on July 12, 2010.
There were road works at the location and the two southbound lanes were merged together.
Mr Smith said it appeared the four vehicles in front of Mr Pycroft had slowed down or stopped for the road works but Mr Pycroft failed to see this happening and drove into the rear of the vehicle in front of him.
An investigation found the traffic safety practices involving the road works were adequate and if Mr Pycroft had survived there was a potential for him to have been charged with a serious traffic offence.
After being flown to Christchurch Hospital Mr Pycroft died eight days later from his injuries.
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