Husband runs over wife in 4WD accident
A Cashmere High school teacher has been killed after her husband accidentally ran over her.
The incident happened at a lifestyle farm property on Ellesmere Rd, near Lincoln, shortly before 8pm yesterday.
Police today said Denise Mary Robinson-Winskill, 58, died at the scene, with enquiries indicating she had been run over by a four-wheel-drive farm vehicle being driven by her husband.
A family member said Jon Winskill was inconsolable with grief, and too distraught to speak about the incident.
"He's a mess", he said.
The couple had been married 10 years and celebrated their anniversary in February.
Denise Winskill had three adult children from a previous marriage, two of whom lived in the United States and were on their way back to New Zealand now.
The funeral was likely to be held next week.
The family member described Denise Winskill as a loving, caring and outgoing woman who loved gardening and looking after animals at the couple's home.
"Life deals very fickle blows," he said.
The statement said the former head of school, Denise Winskill, was "a devoted and passionate teacher and much loved member" of the Cashmere school community.
"This sudden loss of our colleague and teacher will be difficult for many in our school. Supports have been put in place for staff and students.
"Consideration of each other over the next days will be important as people deal with this tragic loss."
The statement added: "Our love, thoughts and prayers are with Denise's family and friends during this difficult time."
Bruce Rivers and his wife Kay previously lived beside Jon and Denise Winskill in nearby Tai Tapu and both couples were good friends.
The Winskills continued to visit after they moved to the 10-acre Ellesmere Rd lifestyle property in about March last year and the two wives often caught up for a chat over a glass of wine.
Bruce Rivers said he was "absolutely bewildered" by news of her death.
"That's just very sad. He'll [Jon Winskill] be absolutely gutted.
"She was just a really nice Kiwi lady."
The couple married some years ago, in what was a second marriage for them both.
It is understood Denise Winskill had a daughter living in the United States.
Neighbour Andre Davies said the woman who died was a "lovely, beautiful woman".
She and her husband had moved to the lifestyle property just over a year ago. She met them when they moved in, but had not spent time with them since.
Detective Sergeant Richard Quested said the incident was being treated as an accidental death.
"Police are undertaking a scene examination to confirm the circumstances of the accident."
The matter would now be referred to the coroner, he said.
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