A well-known Central Hawke's Bay farmer died after his quad bike collided with a car yesterday near Waipawa.
Waipukurau police Sergeant Ross Gilbert said the crash occurred at 3.30pm when Stephen Neville McCutcheon, a 42-year-old farmer from Waipawa, turned into a farm gateway in front of an oncoming car on Ongaonga Road, 6km west of Waipawa.
The man died at the scene a short time later. The car's sole occupant, a woman, was flown to Hawke's Bay Hospital with eye injuries from the windscreen glass. Emergency services were called to the scene and traffic detoured for an hour while it was cleared.
Mr Gilbert said investigations were continuing but it appeared the quad bike driver had not seen the oncoming vehicle as he turned, and was struck.
Alcohol or speed were not factors in the crash, which ripped the man's quad bike in two.
"It highlights the need to take care no matter what you're driving on the road, be it a horse, push bike, or quad bike, because cars are a lot bigger and a lot faster," he said.
Farmer killed in quad bike collision
7:59 AM Saturday Dec 16, 2006