Tourist crossing road killed by truck in Napier

Tourist Crossing Road Killed By Truck In Napier

Emergency services were called to a crash near intersection of State Highway 2B and Meeanee Quay in Napier. The wife of a tourist killed on a busy Napier road witnessed his death. Emergency services were called to the crash near the intersection of State Highway 2B and Meeanee Quay about 5pm on Wednesday.

Senior Sergeant Greg Brown said initial inquiries suggested the husband and wife, who were visiting Napier and staying nearby, had been walking their bikes across the busy road.

“The wife had successfully crossed the road, but unfortunately the husband did not.”

He was struck by a light truck near the centre of the road, despite the truck braking heavily to avoid the collision, Brown said. He was transported to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Hospital, but died shortly after.

“Unfortunately the man’s wife has witnessed the crash, which is horrific when you think about it, and our hearts go out to her and her family.”

Witnesses said two cyclists tried to negotiate their way across the highway to get to the other side. It is possible they were trying to get access to a cycle track there, Brown said.

“Tragically, this appears to be an error in judgement that has resulted in the worst possible outcome for all concerned.”

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The truck was travelling towards Napier at the time, and with the merge/turning lanes where the couple tried to cross, the road was effectively four lanes wide. The weather was fine, but it was a busy time for the intersection, Brown said. The driver of the truck and two other witnesses were traumatised by what they saw, he said.

They had been offered support by Victim Support. The Serious Crash Unit attended the crash and will investigate the cause. The man’s identity was known, but his name would not be released until police had a chance to advise the rest of his family.

The intersection where this crash happened is in the top 5 for serious and fatal crashes in the country, and was the scene of a near fatal collision between a logging truck and a car only a few months ago. The New Zealand Transport Agency has plans to have a roundabout installed at the intersection in 2016-2017.

“It is one of those intersections that for some unexplained reason people keep making mistakes with,” Brown said.

“The speed has previously been reduced to 80kmh to reduce the risk but perhaps this needs to be explored further in light of the latest crashes.”

Police are calling for witnesses. If anyone saw the crash they are being asked to contact the Hawke’s Bay Serious Crash Unit.

– Stuff

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