A 63-year-old Marlborough Sounds man is dead after the car he was driving plunged nearly 200 metres off a bank.
Police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn said the man was driving on Te Towaka Port Ligar Rd when his car left the road shortly before 3pm yesterday.
The driver was thrown from the vehicle. He was found dead at the scene.
Ms Dunn said a person mowing the road verges in the area had seen the crash and raised the alarm.
A Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter crew went to the crash site with a police officer on board.
Pilot Tim Douglas-Clifford said they winched a paramedic down to the car, which was caught in trees about halfway down the steep bank, and confirmed the driver was dead.
The police officer was also winched down before the man's body was lifted out and flown back to Nelson, landing there about 6pm.
Mr Douglas-Clifford said it would have taken rescuers on foot a couple of hours to get down to the car from the road.
Ms Dunn said the man's name was expected to be released today. He was the only person in the car and no other vehicles were involved.
A police serious crash unit was investigating the cause. She did not know where the man was headed when he crashed.
The Marlborough Express