Crash victim named

05:59, Jul 30 2013

The 23-year-old woman who was killed instantly after a head-on crash on State Highway 8 at Butcher's Dam, about 5km south of Alexandra, on Monday was an American.

Kirra Lee Smith died after her vehicle and a four-wheel-drive being driven by Cromwell man Maxwell James Birtles, collided head-on about 12.50pm.

Mr Birtles, aged 62, and 22-year-old British woman Tessa Senior, the passenger of the car Ms Smith was driving, have been transferred to Dunedin Hospital with moderate injuries.

Both women had been living in Wanaka.

Police inquiries into the cause of the crash are continuing.


The Southland Times