Dead motorcyclist leaves young family

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 05:00 28/11/2012
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JESSICA MADDOCK/ Fairfax NZ
LINDIS CRASH: South Canterbury man Grant Roberts is one of two motorcyclists killed in a crash on Lindis Pass.

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A Geraldine family is in shock following the death of motorcyclist Grant John Roberts in a crash in the Lindis Pass on Monday.

The 43-year-old Timaru Road Knights Motorcycle Club member was returning from the Burt Munro Challenge in Invercargill with a convoy, including Tauranga man Dennis Michael Pederson, 54.

They were travelling north when they collided with a southbound Nissan vehicle on State Highway 8, near Goodger Rd, at 2.15pm. Both men died at the scene and the female pillion on one of the motorcycles was flown to Dunedin Hospital in a critical condition.

Mr Roberts' mother Valmai Crawford said his death was a big shock and loss to the family.

"He leaves behind a young family, two little boys aged 7 and 8 and two older girls aged 24 and 16. He was also a granddad to a 5-year-old. They all thought the world of him. He was a great father, there was nothing he would not do for them.

"His sisters used to say he was tough on the outside but butter on the inside."

He grew up with motorbikes as his late stepfather Morris was interested in British bikes.

"He always had bikes, but with the children he had to have a car as well."

Alexandra police Senior Sergeant Ian Kerrisk said inquiries into the crash were continuing, but a 20-year-old visiting Chinese national faced two charges of careless driving causing death, and other charges were likely.

The woman was injured but was released from Dunstan Hospital yesterday and appeared in Alexandra District Court. She was granted interim suppression of name and remanded on bail to December 12.

Police said they were particularly interested to hear from anyone who saw a dark Nissan Pulsar or a white station wagon in a line of traffic shortly before the crash.

Contact Cromwell police on 03 445 1999.

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