Motorcycle crash victim named

ANNA TURNER
Last updated 15:20 07/02/2013

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LATEST: The Christchurch woman killed in an accident in Birchs Rd yesterday has been named.

Police said Leonie Maria Hirawani, 44, died when the motorcycle she was a pillion passenger on collided with a car in Birchs Rd.

A police spokesman said Hirawani was confirmed dead at the scene.

The collision happened about 4pm near the intersection with Leadleys Rd.

The Westpac rescue helicopter took the rider to Christchurch Hospital with serious leg and arm injuries.

Three occupants of the car were taken to hospital by ambulance with minor to moderate injuries.

There have been several fatal accidents in Birchs Rd.

Last June, Alex Knight was killed when he was hit by a car.

The 19-year-old had stepped out of the vehicle in which he was a passenger and was hit by another vehicle while standing in the middle of the road.

In July 2011, William Anthony Hopwood, 56, died when the car he was a passenger in crashed through a fence.

In 2006, an 18-year-old from Ashburton was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle.

In 2001, Chinese exchange student Zhao Yun-fei, 18, was killed when he crashed through a fence. He was believed to have been speeding.

Selwyn District councillor Malcolm Lyall said he was aware there was a "nasty bend" on that stretch of road.

"It is a road we as locals know that you should slow down on the bend. A traffic survey the council did on that bend showed that most people went through there at 80kmh even though it was a 100kmh speed limit."

However, he did not think more needed to be done improve the road's safety.

"I don't think that road is more fatal than any other road,'' he said.

''We have a lot of serious crashes on Shands Rd, for example. Some of the controlled intersections are the ones that keep me up at night."

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