Police release names of Taranaki crash victims
Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/news/113382698/-

2019-06-11 06:08:11

Police have released the names of two people killed in Taranaki car crashes during the last two weeks.

Robert Collins, 54, of Waverley died after a single-vehicle crash on Waverley Beach Rd, Waverley, on May 29.

A passerby came across the crash scene about 4am but Collins, who was the only occupant in the car, died at the scene.

It appeared the crash happened on a moderate right-hand bend near the intersection of Waipipi Rd.

A little more than a week later, Dylan Barnard, 33, of South Taranaki, died after his motorcycle was in a collision with a car at the intersection of Normanby and Tito roads, Okaiawa, on June 7.

Emergency services responded to the callout at 3pm.

A second person was taken to Taranaki Base Hospital after suffering moderate injuries.

These were two of three fatalities on Taranaki roads in a 10-day period.

On June 4, about 3.50am, Jason Steve Cooper, of Hamilton, was found dead on State Highway 3/Mokau Rd at Mimi, just north of Urenui.

The truck driver was heading south towards New Plymouth and had failed to take a slight bend in the road before hitting a bank.

The 36-year-old's body was found on the opposite side of the highway to his crashed rig. It is believed he was struck by a north-bound truck but the full circumstances of how this happened remain under police investigation.

To date, there have been 12 deaths on the region's roads between January 1 and June 10, 2019.

Records kept by the Taranaki Daily News show there were 17 deaths in total last year - the worst road toll for the region in nine years.

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