Motorcyclists die in Lindis Pass collision

06:25, Nov 27 2012
Police examine the scene of a crash on the Lindis Pass road, near Tarras, in which two motorcyclists were killed and a pillion passenger critically injured.

The 20-year-old Chinese woman charged with two counts of careless driving causing death following a crash on the Lindis Pass yesterday has appeared in the Alexandra District Court today.

The woman, who appeared in front of the court registrar, was given interim name suppression and will reappear in court on December 12.

The woman was injured in the crash and released from Dunstan Hospital, where she was being treated for her injuries, for the appearance.

Two motorcyclists were killed in the accident. They were Grant John Roberts, 43, of Timaru and Dennis Michael Pederson, 54, of Tauranga.

Timaru police confirmed that Mr Roberts was a known gang member affiliated to the Timaru Road Knights.

A woman who was on the back of one of the motorcycles is in a critical condition in Dunedin Hospital. The police have not released her name.

The accident happened at about 2.15pm near Goodger Rd on State Highway 8, 20km north of Tarras. 


The men and woman were part of a group of eight to 10 Harley Davidson motorcyclists travelling north from Cromwell to Omarama.

The 20-year-old Chinese woman was travelling south in a blue Nissan.

Senior Sergeant Ian Kerrisk, of Alexandra, says further charges are likely. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor.

Mr Kerrisk said while police have a clear picture of what happened, they would like to hear from any witnesses particularly the female driver of a dark coloured Nissan sedan who was travelling south from Omarama towards Cromwell around the time of the crash.

They believe this car was following a white station-wagon shortly before the accident and they would also like to speak to the driver of this vehicle.

Anyone who saw the group of motorcyclists travelling from Cromwell towards Omarama yesterday afternoon was also asked to come forward.

The Southland Times