A man killed in a road crash in the King Country east of Benneydale overnight wasn't wearing a safety belt and police are investigating whether speed and alcohol were also contributing factors.
Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash which involved a single work van on Mangaokewa Rd about 10.35pm.
A member of the public found the overturned van with its lights on and raised the alarm.
Initial indications suggest the van was travelling along the gravel road when one wheel has left the hard surface and the driver over corrected, acting district road policing manager, Inspector Marcus Lynam said.
The van went into an anti-clockwise spin, crossed the centreline, collided with a bank and rolled, he said."It appears the driver wasn't wearing a seatbelt and as a result, has been partially ejected out his open driver's side window and died at the scene.
"In addition to the lack of wearing an appropriate restraint investigators are looking at what part, if any, speed and alcohol played in the crash."
Police are maintaining a zero tolerance towards any drivers found driving in excess of 4km/h over any posted speed limit until the end of January.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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