Police name Taupo crash victim

The Easter road toll is at three as police name the man killed in a crash near Taupo on Saturday.

Taupo Police confirmed the 53-year-old man killed in the crash was Antony John King from Paraparaumu Beach.

Senior Sergeant Fane Troy said police were still investigating the circumstances around the Wairakei crash.

King died when the Suzuki he was a passenger in collided head on with a BMW about 2am.

The 54-year-old male driver of the Suzuki was airlifted to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.

A hospital spokesperson this morning confirmed the man was in a serious but stable condition in the high-dependency unit.

The 18-year-old driver of the BMW was taken to Taupo Hospital with minor injuries.

Police said speed and alcohol were not believed to be factors in the crash.

In the third fatal crash of the Easter period, a woman died when the car she was in crashed on State Highway 26 near Thames last night.

The woman, who police have not yet named, was in a car that collided with another. One car rolled into a paddock.

Ambulance services said the woman was already dead by the time paramedics reached the scene.

Two people were taken to Waikato Hospital, one with serious injuries and the other with minor injuries.

On Friday, Temuka cyclist Stephen John Kirkcaldie, 55, died after a collision with a car.

There were no road deaths last Easter.

The Easter holiday period opened at 4pm on Thursday and will end at 6am on Tuesday.

The Dominion Post