Crash victim named

Taupo police have released the name of a man killed after his car crashed off State Highway 1, south of Taupo.

He was Shane Anthony Robson, 51, of Mt Maunganui.

Mr Robson, who was not wearing a seatbelt, collided with a large tree and was killed instantly.

His Toyota vehicle sustained extensive damage.  

 Senior Sergeant Fane Troy of the Taupo Area Road Policing Group said was saddened that another family had lost a loved one because they did not wear a seat belt.

"Police cannot reiterate enough the importance of wearing your seatbelt.  They do save lives."

 Mr Troy said police were still investigating the cause of the crash.