Crash victim named

04:35, Nov 22 2012

Police have released the name of a man killed in a single car crash near Whatawhata on Tuesday afternoon.

Waikato Road Policing Manager, Inspector Leo Tooman, said the driver had been identified as Donald Ross Edwards, 74, of Karamu.

The crash that happened on Te Pahu Rd about 4.55pm is still under investigation by the Waikato Serious Crash Unit.

 "Initial indications on what has happened are that Mr Edwards' southbound Ford Falcon has failed to negotiate a right hand bend and crossed both lanes before colliding with a medium sized tree," Mr Tooman said.

The crash brings the number of deaths on Waikato roads to 38 this year from 35 crashes, this District had the highest road toll of all 12 Police Districts.

"And the busiest period on our roads, the summer holidays, are still to come with traffic in some of our more popular holiday spots often bought to a standstill.

 "For some reason at Christmas, Kiwis often get into a panic believing things have to get done now.  "What we need is for everyone to take a deep breath, have a bit of patience and show some consideration, that way all motorists will be able to share this and future summers with their families."