Car seen driving erratically before fatal crash

By Kiri Gillespie

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A car involved in a fatal crash at Te Puna matched descriptions of a vehicle that was being driven erratically just minutes before the collision, police say.

A 55-year-old Katikati man, named by police this morning as Christopher David Harvey, was killed when the car he was driving crossed double yellow lines on State Highway 2 and crashed into an oncoming Holden Commodore, about 80 metres east of Te Mete Rd yesterday.

He was the sole occupant.

Police say the man's car matched the description given to police about a vehicle that was being driven erratically in the Whakamarama area moments before the 12.15pm crash.

A 7-year-old girl and her 15-year-old sister were among the four occupants inside the Commodore, which was extensively damaged.

Both girls were taken to Tauranga Hospital with moderate to minor injuries. The girls had been travelling with two family members who were not believed to be badly injured.

Police appealed for witnesses of the man's red vehicle, described as an older model Mazda.

Western Bay of Plenty area commander Inspector Clifford Paxton said police had received reports of a vehicle crossing the centre line.


 


The Serious Crash Unit were at the scene yesterday and will continue their inquiry into the collision today.

The section of SH2 was closed for about three hours.

The area is a black spot for the Western Bay of Plenty, with three white crosses visible at the side of the road, just metres from the scene of the crash.

Police were keen to hear from anyone who saw a red car being driven erratically in the Whakamarama area yesterday.

People can call Tauranga South police on 07 578 3460 or leave information at 0900 CRIME STOPPERS.


Read more in today's Bay of Plenty Times

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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