Erratic driving seen before fatal crash
A 27-year-old man killed after his car collided head-on with another south of Auckland had been seen driving erratically beforehand.
The man, from Pukekohe, died and two others were injured in the three-car crash near Karaka about 3.30pm yesterday.
Police officers investigating the crash said witnesses reported seeing the car being driven erratically on State Highway 22 from Pukekohe towards the Southern Motorway.
The car crossed the centre-line and collided with a car heading in the opposite direction. The third car then crashed into the back of the first car.
The driver of the second car, a 56-year-old Pukekohe man, was admitted to hospital with critical injuries. He is in a stable condition. The driver of the third car, a 46-year-old woman from Patumahoe, was admitted to hospital but has since been discharged.
Constable Bruce Wilson, of the police serious crash unit, said neither speed nor alcohol were thought to be factors in the crash. The cause of the crash would take some time to determine.
The crash was a reminder for drivers to stay alert at all times, Counties Manukau road policing manager Senior Sergeant Sarah Leyland said.
"We always see more people travelling long distances at this time of year, but we urge motorists to be aware of their surroundings when travelling even a short distance,'' Leyland said.
"This crash is a tragic and regrettable loss of life and we urge everyone to take care on the road."
Police would not release the name of the man today.