Crash site a 'black spot'

BEN STRANG
Last updated 15:29 21/09/2012

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LATEST: A Paekakariki motorcyclist died instantly when he collided with an oncoming car in Paraparaumu on Thursday.

William van Cruchten, 38, was not wearing a helmet when his 400cc trail bike veered across the centre line on Ruapehu St and crashed into a car, Sergeant Mike George said.

The two occupants of the southbound car were not hurt, but shaken by the crash, shortly after 11am, he said.

"[The motorcyclist] was riding a 400cc trail bike, north down Valley Rd where it meets Ruapehu St. He's come up over the rise, gone onto the wrong side of the road and collided with an oncoming car.

"He's gone over the car and landed on the road, dying on impact."

Ruapehu St was closed for about two hours as emergency services worked at the scene and a serious crash investigation was carried out.

In July, 40-year-old William Cue Jonas died after crashing his motorbike into a power pole on the same street, about 50 metres north of Thursday's crash.

Mr George said it was unlikely the rider in Thursday's crash would have survived the crash even if he had been wearing a helmet.

Former Kapiti firefighter Glenn Wickert said he dashed to help when he heard the crash just outside his house.

He and two others tried for about 10 minutes to resuscitate the man, following paramedics' instructions over the phone.

He said there had been five to 10 accidents on the section of road in the 10 years he had lived there.

"It's quite a black spot, but not because of the road or the conditions."

Mr Wickert said it was not unusual for motorcyclists to take unregistered trail bikes on the road and not wear a helmet.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw the motorcycle travelling along Valley Rd.

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