Daughter of crash victim: 'Our hearts are broken.. he was our dad'
A man who died on a Waikato road after his car crashed head-on into another vehicle, was Aucklander Graham Charles Hare.
The 64-year-old was killed on Friday night on Horotiu Rd, Te Kowhai.
Hare's partner who was in the car with him, Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall, was in a stable but serious condition in Waikato Hospital on Sunday night.
Hare's daughter, Luci Hare, said her dad's memory will be cherished every day.
"He was loved and respected by everyone who knew him for his quick and risqué wit and incredibly sharp mind," she said.
"He painted life in vivid colours wherever he went, you were left with the life long memories when you met him.
"He has left a huge hole in our family. Our hearts are broken and we miss him terribly. He was our dad."
As well as a lawyer for 40 years, Hare was also director and project manager of companies including private hospital Wakefield Health in Wellington, Rotorua's QE Hospital and Health Med Group Tauranga.
He was also on the board of directors for many companies including South Auckland's Eastcare Health.
Hare said she spoke to Wall on Saturday.
"Rose loved him very much, she said he was her everything."
Inspector Ian Brooker, of Police Northern Communications, said the crash happened on Horotiu Rd between Limmer Rd and Willow Brook Lane just before 10pm.
A truck was also involved in the crash, but the truck driver had not been injured.
The New Zealand Herald reported that the second person who died was a 17-year-old Hamilton man.
The scene remained closed until the early hours of Saturday morning as emergency services dealt with the incident. Fire service staff spent more than five hours at the scene.
Waikato road policing manager Freda Grace, told The New Zealand Herald that Hare and Wall were travelling south in a BMW when they tried to overtake a truck and collided head-on with a northbound Toyota Corolla being driven by a 17-year-old Hamilton man.
Grace said they are looking for the driver of a light-coloured SUV travelling in front of the BMW - and which successfully passed the truck about 500m south of Te Kowhai township - to help them with their inquiries.
"We think the SUV had overtaken the truck and the BMW has gone at the same time and that's when the crash has occurred."
Conditions were drizzly and dark at the time, she said.
The incident was one of five fatal crashes across the country over the weekend.
On Friday night, Cornelius Van Der Watt, who was 51 and a father of two, lost control of his motorbike as he rode along Centennial Drive in wet weather.
The New Plymouth resident was taken to hospital in a serious condition but died from his injuries.
Then, in the early hours of Saturday morning, a 23-year-old man was killed in a Manawatu crash.
Police said the man lost control of his vehicle while rounding a bend near Ohakea, he was flung from the car and died at the scene.
And on Sunday morning, a motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving a car driven by a tourist in Hawke's Bay.
The accident happened about 10am on Sunday on State Highway 5, about 20 kilometres north of Napier, Senior Sergeant David Sutherland of Hawkes Bay Police said.
"This accident has involved a collision between a car and a motorcycle, both of whom were heading north, and has resulted in the death of the motorcyclist," Sutherland said.
"The driver of the motor vehicle involved is a tourist visiting on a 12 month working visa."