Mourners turn out to farewell teen

MOURNED: Harley Vivian-Fletcher.
MOURNED: Harley Vivian-Fletcher.

Mourners have turned out en mass to farewell the Palmerston North teen killed in a scooter crash.

Harley Marcellus Vivian-Fletcher, 16, died after he was thrown from his scooter in a crash with a 4WD vehicle at the intersection of Rangitikei St and Featherston St just before 10pm on January 23.

The Freyberg High School pupil's funeral, at the Lychway Chapel today, was an extension of the memorial that has been erected in his memory at the scene of the crash in the days since his death

FAREWELLED: Mourners at Harley Vivian-Fletcher's funeral carry in his coffin to the service.
FAREWELLED: Mourners at Harley Vivian-Fletcher's funeral carry in his coffin to the service.

More than 200 people were expected at the chapel to pay their respects.

Last week, friends of Harley Vivian-Fletcher said they had been turned off motor scooters for life after the crash.

Close friend Tim Johnson, who will be a pall-bearer at Harley's funeral, said it did not matter who was at fault.

"The one thing that has to be out there is for people to look twice and watch out for people on scooters," he said.

"I reckon if you're on a moped, no matter who is in the wrong, you are always going to come off worst."

The serious crash unit was continuing to investigate the cause of the collision but speed and alcohol were not thought to be factors.

Manawatu Standard