Man killed in road crash near Havelock

03:06, Oct 03 2012
Fatal trip: The scene on State Highway 6 after a crash that left one passenger dead and another in hospital.

Two Spanish doctors touring New Zealand in a campervan were the first to come across the fatal crash on State Highway 6 near Havelock last night.

Detective David Woodley, of Blenheim, said the woman, an anaesthetist, and the man, a neurologist, were the first on the scene and performed CPR on the passengers in the car.

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter
Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter

A 58-year-old man, believed to be from Canvastown, died after the Mercedes car he was a passenger in crashed into a bank between Canvastown and Havelock about 5.30pm. No other cars were involved.

The tourists also worked on another passenger, a 60-year-old Picton man, who was later airlifted to Nelson Hospital with serious injuries by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter. A hospital spokeswoman said this morning the man was in a stable condition.

The 43-year-old woman who was driving was unhurt.


The doctors live in Madrid and were on holiday in New Zealand, Mr Woodley said. Havelock chief fire officer Alan Stanford said the two doctors were already working on the patients when Havelock volunteer firefighters arrived.

Firefighters assisted the doctors' with CPR, secured the scene and diverted traffic. They left about 10.30pm after the Serious Crash Unit investigated the crash site, Mr Stanford said.

Police released a statement saying they were investigating the cause of the crash, but alcohol was a factor.   They also believe the man was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

At the crash scene last night, Constable Ian Mills, of Blenheim, said the car left the road and hit the bank just past Watson culvert.

It was understood the car was travelling from Havelock towards Nelson, Mr Mills said.

The Serious Crash Unit will continue investigating the cause of the accident and the death has been referred to the Coroner's Office.

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