Police name jogger killed in crash

TARYN UTIGER
Last updated 14:00 27/05/2014

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Police are seeking information from the public after a female jogger was killed in South Taranaki yesterday evening.

DeAnne Cooper, 36, of Hawera was struck by a car on Ohangai Rd, south of Normanby, about 5.30pm.

Acting Senior Sergeant Robyn Burnett, of Hawera Police, said the driver of the car stopped and offered first aid to Cooper but she died at the scene.

The Serious Crash Unit are continuing to investigate, and police want to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the accident or has any other information.

Anyone with information can contact Burnett on 06 215 5276 or call Crimestoppers on 0800555111.

Cooper's death brings to six the Taranaki road toll for the year - just one behind the entire total for the 2013 year.

And five of the six deaths have been pedestrians.

On February 3, Wiremu Thompson, 19, from Bell Block was hit at around 5am while walking on State Highway 3 near Big Jim's Garden Centre.

Earlier this month retired New Plymouth couple Joan, 78, and Robert (Bob) Murch, 83, were hit by a car as they crossed the highway at Tongaporutu.

Five days later, on May 6, New Plymouth artist and mother Carmen Rogers was hit by a car.

The 41-year-old was believed to have been getting out of her vehicle when she was struck in New Plymouth's Brougham St.

Daily News records show there were no pedestrian fatalities on Taranaki roads last year.

According to NZ Transport Agency statistics, in 2011, 31 pedestrians died on New Zealand roads, 205 pedestrians were seriously injured, and 679 pedestrians suffered minor injuries in police-reported crashes.

In 2011 the total social cost of police-reported crashes involving pedestrians was about $326 million.

Between the years of 1986 and 2011 there were 1582 pedestrian fatalities on New Zealand roads.

Taranaki's latest road death comes just days after police expressed optimism for fewer road fatalities in the region.

On Friday the Daily News reported there had been a 50 per cent reduction in deaths on Taranaki roads during the last five years.

In the same article, New Zealand police said a year with no fatalities was achievable for the region.

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