Waihi doctor's condolences over fatal crash

By Fritha Tagg - v

A Waihi doctor seriously injured in a collision that claimed the life of Hannah Eaton, the wife of former Hurricanes player Chris Eaton, has expressed her condolences to the family.

Tineke Iversen is in Waikato Hospital recovering from the two-car crash near Puriri on SH26 on Saturday night. Dr Iversen's husband, who was driving and was also injured in the crash, was treated and discharged.

Police said Mrs Eaton, 25, of Hastings, died at 9.30pm on Saturday in a crash at Puriri, 14 kilometres south of Thames.

Mrs Eaton was driving north in a BMW when it was in a collision with the Iversens' oncoming Ford Territory SUV, police said.

Dr Iversen, who is in a stable condition, issued a statement from Waikato Hospital yesterday.

"Our condolences go to the family of Hannah Eaton who died at the scene. We have young children ourselves and so we know the heartache and sorrow her family must be feeling. We offer our best wishes and support to Hannah's family."

She thanked the emergency services who attended the accident.

"They were amazing, as were the staff here at Waikato Hospital - in the emergency department, the high dependency unit and in my ward."



Mrs Eaton, a midwife, model and mother of a 4-year-old, had been preparing to join her rugby star husband in Australia.

District Road Policing Manager Inspector Marcus Lynam, said initial investigations showed Mrs Eaton, who was heading north, failed to negotiate a slight bend and crossed the centre line, colliding in a T-bone collision with the southbound Ford Territory SUV.

Police returned to the scene of the accident yesterday to finish their crash investigations.

Mr Eaton heard of the death of wife Hannah as he prepared for his debut for the Western Force. Mrs Eaton had just graduated as a midwife and was looking forward to moving with her former Hurricane star husband and their daughter to support his new rugby career overseas.

Western Force teammates wore black armbands during Sunday's match, and All Blacks and former Hurricanes' teammates Piri Weepu and Victor Vito were among those to express condolences and support via Twitter. Fellow halfback Weepu said: "My thoughts and prayers go out to you and Layla brother. Stay strong my mate. Words can never bring her back, but we here 4 you."

Eaton appreciated the support with a message: "Thanks for the support. I love my wife so much it hurts. My angel Layla is my world and is the last thing holding me together. Love 2 all."


- Bay of Plenty Times

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