Road Knight killed in crash

EMMA BAILEY AND FAIRFAX
Last updated 10:45 27/11/2012
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JESSICA MADDOCK/ Fairfax NZ
FATAL: A South Canterbury man is one of two motorcyclists killed in a crash on Lindis Pass.

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A South Canterbury Road Knight was one of the men killed in a fatal crash in the Lindis Pass yesterday.

Timaru man Grant John Roberts, 43, and Tauranga man Dennis Michael Pederson, 54, were travelling north on motorcycles when they crashed with a southbound Nissan vehicle on State Highway 8, near Goodger Rd, at 2.15pm.

The male riders of the motorcycles died at the scene and the female pillion on one of the motorcycles was flown to Dunedin Hospital in a critical condition.

Timaru police today confirmed one of the motorbike riders killed in the crash was a South Canterbury Road Knight aged in his 40s.

Alexandra Police senior sergeant Ian Kerrisk said inquiries into the crash were continuing, but a 20-year-old woman, a visiting Chinese national, faced two charges of careless driving causing death relating to this crash.

Other charges were likely to follow, he said.

The woman was injured and receiving medical treatment, but was likely to appear in the Alexandra District Court later today.

Mr Roberts and Mr Pederson were travelling as part of a group. Victim support have been assisting police in dealing with the group. SH8 was closed while the injured were treated and serious crash investigators examined the scene.

The road reopened about 6.45pm. Cromwell police thanked the members of the public who stopped at the crash to help, including a group of doctors who were instrumental in treating the survivors.

Police said they were particularly interested to hear from anyone who saw a dark Nissan Pulsar travelling south from Omarama towards Cromwell.

The vehicle was known to have been following a white station wagon in a line of traffic shortly before the crash and police are keen to speak to occupants of the station wagon as well.

The police are also interested in the movements of a group of about eight motorcyclists who were travelling north towards Omarama. The motorcyclists were riding large Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cromwell police on (03) 445 1999.

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- The Timaru Herald

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