Father dies in Sounds

Last updated 09:12 21/02/2013

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Police have named the man who died when his car plunged 200 metres over a cliff in the Marlborough Sounds on Monday afternoon. 

He was Timothy Shand, 63, of Port Ligar in Pelorus Sound.

The Shand family have a long history in Marlborough.

According to his website, Mr Shand, his wife Raewyn and their 10 children are the third and fourth generations of the family to live at Port Ligar.

They operate a farm and an accommodation business

Police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn said Mr Shand was driving on Te Towaka Port Ligar Road when his car left the road shortly before 3pm on Monday.

He was thrown from the vehicle and was found dead at the scene.  

He was the only person in the vehicle at the time.

An autopsy had been carried out in Nelson on Monday but the results are yet to be released.

Serious crash investigators from Blenheim were still looking into the cause of the crash, and Ms Dunn was unsure when the results would released. 

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- The Marlborough Express

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