Tourist charged over Lindis Pass crash

ANNA TURNER
Last updated 12:43 27/11/2012
crash
JESSICA MADDOCK/Fairfax Media
Police examine the scene of a crash in Lindis Pass Rd, near Tarras, in which two motorcyclists were killed and a pillion passenger critically injured.

Related Links

Two dead in Lindis Pass crash

Relevant offers

National

Christchurch's Orana Wildlife Park celebrates 40-year milestone Coromandel battles rising floodwaters Hekia Parata: All ears to anyone 'seriously committed' to improving kids' learning Serious crash blocks SH1 near Warkworth Debate on dog control laws about emotion as well as facts Police search for missing teen in Whitianga Labour leader Andrew Little dismisses Helen Clark's advice about 'commanding the centre ground' The evolving classroom: Education's biggest revamp in 30 years Four die on roads overnight Emergency services call out at Auckland International Airport

A South Canterbury Road Knight was one of the men killed in a crash in Lindis Pass yesterday, which a tourist has been charged over.

Grant John Roberts, 43, of Timaru, and Dennis Michael Pederson, 54, of Tauranga, died when their motorcycles collided with a southbound Nissan vehicle on State Highway 8, near Goodger Rd, at 2.15pm.

A female pillion passenger on one of the motorcycles was flown to Dunedin Hospital in a critical condition.

Timaru police today confirmed Roberts was a Road Knight member.

The single occupant of the car, a 20-year-old Chinese tourist, was taken to hospital by ambulance. She has since been charged by police and is likely to appear in Alexandra District Court today.

The two motorcyclists were travelling as part of a group and victim support have been assisting police in dealing with them.

SH8 was closed while the injured were treated and serious crash investigators examined the scene. The road reopened about 6.45pm.

Cromwell police thanked the members of the public who stopped at the crash to help, including a group of doctors.

Police said they were particularly interested to hear from anyone who saw a dark Nissan Pulsar travelling south from Omarama towards Cromwell.

The vehicle was known to have been following a white station wagon in a line of traffic shortly before the crash and police are keen to speak to occupants of the station wagon as well.

Police are also interested in the movements of a group of about eight motorcyclists who were travelling north towards Omarama. The motorcyclists were riding large Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cromwell police on (03) 445 1999.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content