Witnesses sought to fatal crash

Police are urging witnesses to a fatal crash near Whatawhata to come forward to help in their investigations.

The crash, on State Highway 23 east of Whatawhata, claimed the life of promising Waikato golfer Shayna Kumitau, 18.

Miss Kumitau and her friends had spent the day baking surprise Valentines Day treats for a friend in Raglan before making the fateful journey.

Miss Kumitau's 19-year-old friend remains in a coma in Waikato Hospital.

The officer in charge of the Waikato Road Policing Base, Acting Senior Sergeant Paul Scoble, said: "We understand the crash involved an east-bound Nissan Bluebird crossing the centreline and colliding head on with a Suzuki Swift car. The driver of a Hyundai Sonata, who had been travelling to Raglan with the occupants of the Suzuki, managed to brake and avoid all but a minor impact with the rear of the Swift." Miss Kumitau, who was a passenger in the Suzuki, died in Auckland Hospital four days after the crash.

Mr Scoble said police were keen to speak to motorists about events leading up to the crash.

"The Nissan that crossed the centreline 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."

Waikato Times