Police plea to man on road

Police release description of man

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 05:00 06/08/2014
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John Fairweather said he and his family have been devastated by the death of his wife Christine after she was hit by a car.

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The husband of a Hawera woman killed trying to protect others by removing a barricade across a highway has called for whoever put it there to own up.

Christine Anne Fairweather died on Saturday night after being hit by a car as she moved metal fencing frames which had been blocking State Highway 3 in Normanby.

John Fairweather's plea came as police released a description of a man they were keen to speak to.

He was seen walking along State Highway 3 towards Hawera before the fatal accident.

The man was described as being of medium build, dark-skinned with short black hair and about 167cm in height. He was wearing dark coloured pants and a black hoodie with a white design on the front, as well as high top sneakers.

"I encourage this person to contact police as soon as possible," Detective Guy Jackson said.

Jackson said any motorists passing through the area between 11pm and 11.45pm on Saturday were also encouraged to contact police.

"We strongly believe other vehicles have driven down this busy highway and may have come across the barriers in the middle of the road," he said.

Anyone with information can contact Jackson directly on 06 215 5263 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Christine was described by her husband of almost 30 years, John Fairweather, as an "absolute diamond" - a person who would do anything for anyone.

"She just loved to help people," he said.

John said Christine would have been thinking about the safety of others on the night she died.

"But that's what probably cost her her life, trying to save someone else's," he said.

He appealed to anyone with any information about how the metal framing got on the road to "man up and come forward."

He said he, and his family, needed to know the full story of what happened to Christine so they could move on.

John said Christine's life revolved around her family, including her 14 grandchildren.

"She was the rock," he said.

Daughter Staci Holmes said Christine would be sadly missed by her family.

"Her children and grandchildren are feeling the loss intensely as she was an integral part of their life.

"Always the first to have a tickle fight, read a book or just get down to their level," she said.

John said he has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support he has received, including a number of tributes posted on Christine's Facebook page.

Since the accident, John said he had also been wearing a favourite hooded jacket of Christine's, which still carried the scent of her perfume.

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"I just want her close to me."

John said Christine was into sports and whitebaiting and was an avid knitter. She also regularly volunteered at Hospice and at Hawera's Lysaght Watt Art Gallery.

John said he was grateful for the attempts the driver of the car which hit Christine had made to try to save his wife's life that night and wanted him to know he felt no animosity towards him.

- Taranaki Daily News

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