Crash victim was 'one of a kind'

TRACY NEAL
Last updated 12:59 30/07/2014
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FATAL CRASH: Serious crash investigators on the scene of a bicycle accident on Brooklyn Valley, near Motueka.

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A Motueka identity who kept a close circle of friends will be dearly missed, said one who knew him for more than two decades.

Thomas Patrick McCarthy, known as Colin, aged 52, died on Monday after crashing his homemade motorised bicycle on Brooklyn Valley Rd, near Motueka.

He was riding the bike down Brooklyn Valley Rd when he crashed into a ditch and died at the scene, a police spokeswoman said.

The accident happened about noon on Monday and there were no indications that any other vehicles were involved, said Sergeant Rob Crawford of Motueka at the scene of the accident.

Close friend Mark Krammer of Brooklyn Valley Contracting, described McCarthy as "unique", and someone who was constantly full of interesting ideas.

"He was one of a kind. I guess you could say he was a man ahead of his time. Some of his ideas were so far-fetched, you had to laugh.

"We had the biggest laugh just a few days ago," Krammer said about the pair's discussion of long-lining for whitebait.

Murray Cook, who lives in Brooklyn Valley and who passed the scene of the accident on Monday, said he did not know McCarthy well and that he was somewhat reclusive. He said McCarthy had a son and daughter in Nelson and lived right up the valley, behind Mt Campbell.

"He pretty much lived way up the back by himself, and kept pretty much to himself."

Krammer, who was yesterday building the coffin for his friend, said he loved peace and quiet, and a bit like himself, he did not like going to town much.

Crawford said the serious crash investigation that was underway would focus on the motorised bicycle, which he described as "not manufactured".

He said that it was too early in the investigation to make any comment about what had happened.

Crawford said it could be six to eight weeks before the results of the investigation would be known and that the death would be referred to the coroner.

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- The Nelson Mail

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