Potholes linked to crash death

Last updated 05:00 06/05/2014
Loretta and Rob Glendenningf
Cate Broughton

SEEKING ANSWERS: Linda's parents Loretta and Rob Glendenning believe potholes may have caused their daughter's fatal crash.

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Police say large potholes may have contributed to a crash in North Canterbury that killed nursing student Linda Glendenning.

Glendenning, 20, was on her way to a student placement in Christchurch last Wednesday when she lost control of her car on South Eyre Rd and crashed into a tree. She suffered severe head injuries and died at the scene.

Her father, Rob Glendenning, said a police officer told him the two potholes were about 15cm deep and very likely caused the accident.

"That was the opinion of the police officer who attended the scene and having seen the scene, I agree."

Inspector Al Stewart said the role of the potholes would be considered as part of a police investigation into the accident.

"It is being considered, but at this stage it's too early to say that the potholes were the causative factor of the crash.

"I think you could say very broadly, any obstruction on the road, whether it's placed on there or whether it's from damage or wear and tear, is going to affect people's driving and that's a given."

Rob Glendenning said when he went to the scene, about three hours after the accident, the potholes had been filled in.

Glendenning and his wife, Loretta, believe the holes caused their daughter to lose control of the car.

Waimakariri District Council chief executive officer Jim Palmer said council contractor Sicon had reviewed the road just three days before the accident, on April 27, as part of a weekly review schedule.

"It seems likely the potholes were created sometime between the 27th and 30th and probably exacerbated by the heavy rain event in those days. As you know, after heavy rainfall potholes can form quite quickly and grow quickly."

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