Former Chch man killed in motorcycle crash

MEGAN MILLER
Last updated 07:39 07/11/2012
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FAMILY MAN: Daniel Down, 30, was killed on Sunday in a motorbike crash near Waihao Forks.

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A former Christchurch man killed in a motorbike collision on Sunday had moved south to enjoy country life.

Daniel Charles Down, 30, moved from Christchurch to the Waihao Forks area with his family about a year ago, his wife Rebecca Down said.

They had two children, an 8-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. The couple celebrated their six-year anniversary in August.

In Christchurch, Daniel, known to friends as ''Dinger'', had worked as an engineer.

When he took a job working as a dairy farm assistant for farmer David Ellis, it was fulfilling his lifelong dream, Rebecca said.

''He was really enjoying the lifestyle here and the kids were loving it,'' she said.

Country life gave Daniel more opportunities to enjoy his favourite hobby, riding motocross bikes.

Rebecca said her husband often rode with their son and with the other men employed on the farm, including Simon Proudfoot, a promising player for the Waimate Rugby Club senior side.

Proudfoot was seriously injured in Sunday's crash.

That day, the two men left together on one motorbike from a barbecue at Proudfoot's home. They intended to go to Daniel's home to get his motorbike so that they could ride together at one of the tracks they'd built on the property, Rebecca said.

Police are still investigating the circumstances of the crash, but Proudfoot apparently dropped Daniel off at his residence and Daniel got on his motorbike. Minutes later, with darkness falling, the two riders collided in Coalpit Rd.

Proudfoot remained in Timaru Hospital in stable condition as of yesterday afternoon. His family could not be reached for comment.

Daniel was dead when emergency services personnel arrived at the scene about 9.30pm on Sunday. An autopsy was expected to be completed today.

Police said both men were wearing helmets.

Funeral services will be held in Christchurch, Rebecca said.

She described her husband as generous, quick to offer help to others and ''one of the funniest people that anyone would meet''.

''I didn't know anyone who met him who didn't like him. He was just one of those people,'' she said.

''He was the best dad that any kid could ever want. He was always fun.''

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