A motorcyclist who crashed and died while overtaking in Taupiri at the weekend had driven from the bottom of the South Island that same day.
His death has prompted a warning from the police for people to take plenty of breaks when driving long distances.
Chinese national Shixun Jiang, 24, who had been living in Auckland, was travelling as part of a group of motorcyclists who were returning from a tour of the South Island when the crash happened on State Highway 1B and Gordonton Rd about 9.30pm on Saturday.
District prevention manager, Inspector Rob Lindsay, yesterday said the crash was still under investigation by the Waikato Serious Crash Unit, however initial indications were that he had crossed Cook Strait earlier in the day and was heading back to Auckland when the crash happened.
"It appears members of the group riding ahead of Mr Jiang have passed a northbound car but as he has gone to follow suit he has collided with an oncoming Hyundai 4x4 in the southbound lane."
Mr Lindsay said while Waikato Police were pleased to have seen the district's 2013 road toll drop to half that of the 44 deaths in 2012, any road death was an avoidable tragedy.
He hoped this latest tragedy would serve as a reminder to all road users of the need to watch their speed and take plenty of breaks on long journeys.
- Waikato Times