AJ Hackett Bungy's 25th anniversary celebrations in Queenstown have taken a dampener with the death of the company's group logistics manager, Tony Middendorf, who was killed in a motorcycle ''poker run'' on the Crown Range at the weekend.
Wanaka police sergeant Paul Crosswell said Mr Middendorf, who was riding as part of a large group, lost control of his Ducati when cornering about 5km below the Crown Range summit at about 4.45 on Saturday afternoon.
Mr Middendorf hit a side barrier and careened into the path of an oncoming van, which was being driven by a single occupant, who was left ''very shaken'' after the incident, Mr Crosswell said.
Crash investigators were on the scene until about 8 o'clock that night, and the possibility that excessive speed may have been a factor in the crash was being investigated.
Although no specifics were given, Wanaka police were ''not impressed'' with the ''general behaviour'' of motorcyclists taking part in the run, and were tracking down organisers to speak with them, Mr Croswell said.
Mr Middendorf had a two-decade career with AJ Hackett New Zealand, working his way through the ranks to eventually take charge of the company's Queenstown sites.
Mr Middendorf is survived by his wife Judith and three daughters.
- © Fairfax NZ News
Check out what's on in your community or post an upcoming event.
Subscribe to a digital replica of The Southland Times.
Southland Times subscriber news and information.
Click here for information about advertising with The Southland Times.