Appeal for witnesses to Valentines Day fatal

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 16:04 27/02/2013

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Police are urging witnesses to a fatal crash that killed  promising Waikato golfer Shayna Kumitau to come forward.

Ms Kumitau, 18, died four days after a Valentines Day head-on collision on SH23 east of Whatawhata.
Emergency services were called to the scene just before 10pm after the driver of an eastbound Nissan Bluebird crossed the centre line and collided with the Suzuki Swift Miss Kuritau was travelling in.

The driver of the Suzuki, an 19-year-old Hamilton woman, remains in a coma in Waikato Hospital.
Miss Kumitau and her friends had spent the day baking surprise Valentines Day treats - including cupcakes - for a friend in Raglan before making the fateful journey.

Officer in charge of the Waikato Road Policing Base, Acting Senior Sergeant Paul Scoble, said
the crash investigation was now in the phase where investigators worked to confirm what information was at hand.

"We understand the driver of a Hyundai Sonata who had been travelling to Raglan with the occupants of the  Suzuki
managed to break and avoid all but a minor impact with the rear of the Swift,'' Mr Scoble said.

Mr Scoble said one aspect Police were keen to speak to motorists about was events leading up to the crash.

"The Nissan that crossed the centre line had travelled from Raglan and was on its way to Hamilton when the crash happened at Whatawhata on SH23 about 9.50pm.

"Investigators would like to hear from anyone who noticed anything untoward in relation to the driving of the Bluebird in the period before the crash and anyone with information is asked to contact me at the Hamilton Road Policing Base on 07 8586200. Your call will be treated in confidence.''

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