Deaths prompt police appeal

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 11:55 23/11/2012

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With two road deaths in the Waikato overnight, police have made an appeal for drivers to stick to the basics and realise that nothing is so urgent that it justifies putting lives at risk.

District road Policing manager, Inspector Leo Tooman, said a 17-year-old woman lost her life when the driver of a Mazda Lantis car she was a front seat passenger in, lost control on Duck Rd near Te Kowhai about 4.25pm.

The Waikato Serious Crash Unit are still investigating the crash but Mr Tooman said initial indications are the 18-year-old male driver failed to negotiate a left hand bend and his car left the road and hit a raised farm driveway over a culvert.

"The young woman was thrown from the car and died at the scene from her injuries,'' Mr Tooman said.
''Police are currently looking into what, if any part, speed and alcohol played in what happened."

Mr Tooman said the driver of the car suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken to Waikato Hospital by ambulance while an 18-year-old male and a 16-year-old female who were travelling as rear seat passengers were unhurt but treated for shock.

"We understand there were a considerable number of people at the scene before all the emergency services arrived and we would ask that anyone who witnessed the crash or saw anything suspicious involving the Mazda prior to it happening and who hasn't already spoken to us, to contact Police."

Meanwhile, Police are liaising with the family of a 47-year-old woman who died in Waikato Hospital overnight after she sustained critical injuries in a crash north of Ngaruawahia last week.

"This woman was travelling as a passenger in a Subaru car that crashed through a fence on Old Taupiri Rd.
That crash also claimed the life of the female driver, 43-year-old Margaret Kingi.

"The Serious Crash Unit are investigating this crash as well and we are still awaiting the results of forensic analysis to determine again, what- if any part, speed and alcohol played in the crash."

These latest death raise the Waikato road toll to 40 and Mr Tooman said what concerned emergency services the most was that the busiest period on the District's roads was still to come.

"We all need to adhere to the basics, 100kmh is a limit not a target and the throttle and the bottle don't mix.

"If you are going out drinking make arrangements before you head off in relation to how you will get home because drinking and driving is not an option."

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