All efforts were made to save the life of a young motorcyclist who died at the scene of a crash on Nelson's Wakefield Quay late last night, St John intensive care paramedic Matt Wilkinson said.
A Nelson police spokesperson said the 22-year-old died at the scene around 11pm. Initial indications were that the man was driving the motorcycle east towards Nelson city on Wakefield Quay when he struck a parked car.
Mr Wilkinson said the car appeared to be one of several parked on the left side of the road near the Plant and Food seafood research centre [the waterfront building with the Aotearoa mural]. The vehicle appeared to be substantially damaged.
The man was on the ground some distance from the car when emergency services arrived, Mr Wilkinson said.
He said five St John Ambulance crew did all they could for the man.
"After all attempts made to save his life, we were unsuccessful and he died at the scene."
Police said a serious crash investigation was under way which would be looking at factors such as speed and whether there was any alcohol involvement.
The name will be released once next of kin have been advised.
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