Holiday road toll at eight
Sun, 21 Oct 2012 6:00p.m.
The road toll is at eight – equal to last year's total for Labour Weekend, and the official holiday period doesn't finish until 8am on Tuesday.
The worst crash was a head-on collision north of Gisborne, which claimed four lives, including 33-year-old mother of four Serena Smith, who had been a sober driver for the night.
Other crashes claimed 17-year-old Annelese Baker in Reporoa, a 45-year-old mother in a hit-and-run near New Plymouth, a pregnant 24-year-old near Timaru and an elderly man in Queenstown.
A 27-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter for the hit-and-run near New Plymouth yesterday. The man is accused of hitting 45-year-old mother of two Anne McCullough in the early afternoon.
Her body was found around 10km away in the back seat of a purple Holden Commodore sedan.
The local man will appear in the New Plymouth District Court tomorrow.
Watch the video for Karen Rutherford’s full report on the weekend road toll.
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22/10/2012 3:02:58 p.m.
Jacob Prestly wrote:
It is all very well too have police controls with speed cameras during the day,when most of these major accidents happen late evening and early mornings,so all the speed cameras and other modern items just wont work.Katrina I agree,wake up drivers,don!t act like racing car drivers,and those who drink and take drugs,and try and get away with it,by driving late at night and early mornings,as this is where the road deaths lie.And I just don!t know why the police/traffic police and highway patrol,advertise what they are going to do during holiday breaks,This is stupid,soldiers may as well tell the opposite where they are going to be at a given time.
21/10/2012 8:13:41 p.m.
This is shocking people. Start putting you brains in gear and stop killing innocent people with your carelessness.
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