Holiday road toll rises to 12 with death of person injured on New Year's Day
The death of a 36-year-old man who died in hospital overnight after a crash north of Auckland on New Year's Day has taken the holiday road toll to 12.
Police said the man was injured when a car hit a fence at Manly on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula about 12.30pm on January 1.
The provisional toll for the Christmas - New Year holiday period, which ended at 6am Tuesday, was lower than last year's total of 16, but well above the seven in 2013/14 and six in 2012/13.
Of those who died in 11 fatal crashes this holiday, starting at 4pm on Christmas Eve, seven were drivers, three were passengers, one was a motorcycle rider and one was a cyclist, the Ministry of Transport said.
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"Twelve is far too many," national road policing manager Superintendent Steve Greally said.
We always hope there's none. As soon as you lose a person on our roads, a family is broken forever."
He had been "horrified" by the amount of speeding and mindless overtaking he saw during a private trip from Wellington to Auckland between Christmas and New Year.
While he was in his personal car, he had reported to police a driver who was tailgating him and at Mangaweka that driver had been pulled over and charged with dangerous driving.
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Driver behaviour had been considerably better when he returned to Wellington after New Year.
"Coming back I was really happy. Most people were doing reasonable speeds," Greally said, speculating that with their holiday nearly over, people were in no hurry to get back to work.
It was too early to confirm the cause of the holiday crashes but in general speed was always the main problem in New Zealand, he said. It was hard to recover if something went wrong at 100kmh or more.
Alcohol was also a major factor in this country and fatigue was something of an unknown quantity.
There were hundreds of non fatal crashes over the period. One of the most high profile was a collision between a car and a bus carrying a Chinese tourist group in Otira Gorge, near Arthur's Pass, on New Year's Eve. Sixteen people were hospitalised after the crash.
The holiday period road deaths:
- Dec 25: French tourist Remi Morilleau, 27, had been in the country for just a matter of hours when he died in a three-car crash on State Highway 1 near Whangarei on Christmas Day. His partner and the driver of another car were seriously injured. Police said preliminary investigations indicated Morilleau's rental vehicle had crossed the centre line.
- Dec 25: John Edward Davie, 57, of Ranui crashed his bike on Swanson Rd in west Auckland. He died later in hospital.
- Dec 26: Mother and daughter Ngatokorua Tangimataiti, 80, and Are Tito, 57, died in a head-on crash on SH 1 south of Tokoroa, after leaving a whanau gathering. They were among five people in an SUV, two others of whom were critically injured. The 17-year-old driver of a northbound car, thought to have crossed the centreline before the collision, was flown to hospital.
- Dec 28: Raymond Allen Valere Morreel, 65, from Omanawa was riding with a group of motorcyclists south of Matamata when he crashed. Police said Morreel's machine left the road as he rounded a left hand bend and went through a fence. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
- Dec 29: Jakeb Oscar Aspin Riley, 20, was killed after his vehicle collided head-on with a truck on Mitchells Rd, between Christchurch and Ashburton.
- Dec 30: Shirley Avis Murcott, 77, of Oamaru died after the car she was in hit a small bank and became airborne, near Oamaru. She died later in hospital.
- Jan 1: Benjamin Cecil Rhodes, 37, of Motueka, died early on New Year's Day when the light van he was driving rolled just north of the Motueka River bridge on SH60.
- Jan 3: Stevie Rangataua-Alexander, 18, from Auckland, died at the scene of a two-car crash on SH1 north of Taupo at 1pm. She was the driver of one of the vehicles. The teenager's cousin asked for privacy from the media, and that photos of her cousin were not used.
- Jan 3: Monty Broughton, 68, of Taupo, a passenger, died in hospital after a single vehicle crash about 4pm on SH33 near Rotorua.
- Jan 3: Bradley Charles Dobby, 20, of Central Hawke's Bay, was killed in a two-vehicle crash about 7.30pm on SH2 near Waipawa. He was a driver of one of the vehicles.