A ten-month old boy who died after being run over in a paddock has been added to a grim tally of vehicle deaths in the Waikato over the weekend.
Waikato Road Policing Manager Inspector Marcus Lynam said crash investigators were working to determine the circumstances around the boy suffering fatal injuries near Ngaruawahia on Saturday night.
Lynam said Hamilton police officers were called to Waikato Hospital shortly before 10pm on Saturday following the boy's death.
The death has been reported to the coroner and comes as police released the name of a man killed in a crash near Paeroa on the same night.
Twenty-five-year-old Samuel Murray Franks of Hoe-O-Tainui lost his life when the driver of the Holden car he was travelling as a front seat passenger in lost control on a straight piece of Awaiti Rd, west of Paeroa, about 11.15pm.
"The car has crossed the centreline and the opposite lane of traffic before hitting a bank, crossing over a ditch and rolling about 80m through a fence and paddock before coming to a rest next to a farm paddock,’’ Lynam said.
Lynam said the crash was still under investigation by the Waikato Serious Crash Unit and Police are awaiting the results of forensic examinations to determine what, if any, part speed played in the crash which happened on a dry, straight piece of road.
Last night a 40-year-old man was killed when the motorbike he was riding lost control in wet conditions and hit a wire barrier on State Highway One just north of the Rangiriri Tavern. A passenger on the bike was taken to Middlemore Hospital with a moderate arm injury after the crash, which happened just after 7pm.
Just an hour earlier a rider was killed near Taumarunui when his motorbike left Golf Rd and crashed into a house about 10.20pm on Saturday.
"While these fatalities were unrelated each has one common aspect. They all involve a family robbed of a loved one prematurely and police urge all vehicle users to do their utmost to prevent such tragedies from occurring and remember it is better to be a bit late that to take unnecessary risks," Lynam said.
- Waikato Times