Engine ripped from car on crash impact
A man who was killed in a violent road crash near Tokoroa that ripped out the car's engine has been named.
Hamilton man Scott Walker, 47, was travelling south between Tokoroa and Taupo in a left-hand drive 1969 black Chevrolet Corvette on Wednesday night when he crashed shortly after overtaking a truck about 8.45pm.
The impact on State Highway 1 at Kinleith was so severe that the car's engine was torn out and landed ten metres from the wreck, Tokoroa Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer David Morris said.
"When we arrived there was a single car off the side of the road and it was pretty mangled up," he said. "It had hit a concrete culvert just off the side of the road and flipped and rolled. The engine was thrown and landed about ten metres away from the vehicle."
An investigation is underway .
Mr Walker had a talent for martial arts and ran the Nam Wah Pai Kung Fu club in Hamilton for many years, said current club instructor Nigel MacDonald.
The pair lost contact in the years after Mr Walker left the club in the early 2000s, but had trained together for many years.
"He excelled in it," Mr MacDonald said.
"He was a very active sort of guy and always keen at the martial arts. He was very good at it as well. He was always winning competitions."
After around 14 years of Nam Wah Pai Mr Walker reached the fourth degree black belt - a seventh degree is the highest held in New Zealand, Mr MacDonald said.
He was the kind of person to give it 100 per cent and go hard, and he loved his Corvette Stingray.
Mr Walker was also a dedicated father and enjoyed golf and touch.
"He was always here, there and everywhere, very social sort of person."
Police want to hear from any witnesses to the crash or anyone who saw how the vehicle was being driven prior to the crash.
Anyone with any information about this crash is asked to contact Tokoroa Police on 07 885 0100 or Taupo Police on 07 378 6060.