Hatepe crash victim from Mount Maunganui

The driver of the Toyota utility killed in a crash on State Highway 1 Hatepe, south of Taupo on Wednesday night has been named.

He was Shane Anthony Robson, a 51-year-old man from Mount Maunganui.

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash but have revealed that Mr Robson was not wearing a seatbelt when his ute crashed. 

The crash happened on State Highway 1 at Hatepe, about 8.30pm, said Senior Sergeant Fane Troy of the Taupo area road policing group.

The driver was killed instantly and his ute suffered extensive damage.

"Once again a family has lost a loved one because that individual made the decision to not wear a seatbelt, Mr Troy said.

"Police cannot reiterate enough the importance of wearing your seatbelt. They do save lives."

- Bay of Plenty Times

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