Scooter death to be investigated

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Last updated 05:00 01/10/2012
Judah Maier
JUDAH MAIER: The 19-year-old died when he became confused in roadworks while riding his scooter and collided head-on with a four-wheel-drive.

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The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) says it will hold its own investigation after a Christchurch teenager died in a head-on crash on the southern motorway.

Judah Maier, 19, was riding a 50cc scooter when he collided with a four-wheel-drive vehicle on State Highway 73 near the Lincoln Rd overbridge about 8pm on Thursday, his mother's birthday.

Police said it appeared Maier was confused by roadworks, possibly thinking it was two lanes instead of one lane both ways, and rode into the wrong lane before the crash. He died at the scene.

NZTA highway operations manager Peter Connors said the agency's investigation would be additional to that run by the police.

He said the agency would investigate from "a road factors perspective" and act on any recommendations in the investigation report.

Police have ruled out speed and alcohol.

Scottie Young, a youth pastor at Grace Vineyard Church where Maier volunteered as a youth worker, said friends from the church planned to hold "a night to remember Judah" on Thursday.

The funeral was likely to be Saturday.

Maier's mother has flown to Christchurch from Ethiopia and his father from Hawaii.

Maier had been out for dinner with family friends and was heading to a youth group when he crashed.

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- The Press

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