Driver killed as car lands in paddock

02:05, Dec 27 2012
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The crash on the Lorneville-Dacre Highway, near Invercargill, which was discovered early yesterday morning.

Police have today named the man who died on Boxing Day morning in a car crash on the Lorneville-Dacre Rd, north of Invercargill.

He was Shane Curtis Tosh, 24, of Invercargill.

Mr Tosh died after his car left the road in the early hours of Boxing Day and flipped, ending up in a paddock, police said.

Yesterday, Senior Sergeant Dave Raynes, of Invercargill, said emergency services were alerted to the crash on the Lorneville-Dacre highway about 6.30am.

Initial reports had been that the driver may have been thrown from the vehicle but investigations later revealed he had been removed from the car by the person who discovered the crash.

That person had tried to resuscitate the driver but was unsuccessful, Mr Raynes said.


It appeared he might have been dead for several hours, he said.

Mr Tosh was the sole occupant of the Honda saloon.

Investigations were continuing, but police believed no other vehicles were involved, he said.

Police wanted to remind drivers country roads did kill, he said.

"There was no other car involved and a person still lost their life," Mr Raynes said.

"Drivers need to be aware many accidents happen in rural areas and, because of the isolation, help can take a while to arrive."

The Southland Times