Young karate instructor killed in Motueka motorcycle crash
The teenager killed in a motorcycle crash in Motueka has been remembered as "very polite and always keen to help" by a member of his karate school.
Thomas Andrew Armit, 19, was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car at the intersection of Thorp St and Glenaven Drive in Motueka on Monday morning.
Donna Bradley, a Senpai at Motueka Seido Karate, said Armit had been involved with karate school for some time and taught classes.
"He and his younger brother had promoted to black belt about three years ago . . . He trained over here with us and had also trained in Stoke," she said.
She said he had a good rapport with people of all ages who attended the school.
"He was really skilled, awesome to watch when he was doing things by himself . . . yeah, it's sad."
Bradley said she had received calls from members of other karate schools around New Zealand, sharing their condolences and concern, and Armit's death would have a big impact on their community.
She expected his funeral would be well-attended and said he would be greatly missed.
On Tuesday, flowers and tributes had been laid at the corner where the crash happened.
A small cross had been erected and a photo placed at the foot of the cross of Armit with a young woman, above messages of love addressed to "Tommy".
Emergency services were called about 5.50am on Monday when a car and motorcycle collided. A police statement said inquiries were continuing.
"Police extend their thoughts to Mr Armit's family at this tragic time," the statement said.
Police, firefighters and a St John ambulance crew responded to the crash.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand communications shift supervisor Andrew Norris said two Motueka crews attended the crash, helping with traffic and first aid.
Once a man was confirmed dead, they were stood down and the scene was handed over to police.
The driver of the car was taken to hospital for assessment following the crash and it was understood his injuries were not serious.