The man killed in a three-car crash south of Levin on Friday was Graham William Perry, 76, of Levin.
He was taken to Wellington Hospital by rescue helicopter after the crash, which happened about 2.15pm, but did not survive.
Firefighters had to extract two people from two of the crashed vehicles. Three others - two women and a man - were taken to Palmerston North Hospital.
Police believe a northbound Toyota Hilux crossed the centre line and crashed into a southbound Suzuki Swift before colliding with a BMW.
Meanwhile, the crash is being used as an example of why the next stage of the Kapiti Expressway is needed. An independent board of inquiry has released its draft decision on the planned Peka Peka to Otaki section of the expressway.
In a unanimous decision, the board granted provisional resource consent for the 13-kilometre, four-lane stretch of road that the NZ Transport Agency wants to build.
Kapiti Mayor Ross Church said crashes and road blockages were common on the stretch of highway, particularly on Friday afternoons and long weekends.
"You get people that insist we don't need this new expressway but, by jove we do," he said.
While the crash was north of where the expressway would end, it was a timely reminder that "the current road is just not adequate and it just doesn't work", Mr Church said.
Only minor or technical aspects of the draft decision can be challenged before the board releases its final decision in February.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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