Car crash victim mourned


Family and friends of Alan Taka, who was killed in an early morning car accident on Te Aute Hill last week, are mourning the loss of a man with a "cheeky grin" and "good heart".

"Alan we always remember your cheeky grin and wicked laugh, as long as there is a family member on earth you will never be forgotten little bro," a family member posted on Facebook.

"You lived your life your way, you had the courage to be yourself, wish we had all learnt from it. You left a lot of people behind that truly loved you for your good heart and fun-filled ways."

The father-of-two died after crashing into roadworks and losing control on loose gravel while travelling north on Friday.

Police believe he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Investigations into the accident continued and police were appealing for anyone who may have seen the vehicle to come forward.

"We are looking for any witnesses driving between Hastings and Waipukurau/Waipawa from about 1.30am to 2.45am [on Friday]," Senior Constable Chris Pye of the Hastings serious crash unit said.

"What we want is to hear from anyone who may have seen the vehicle - a Toyota Corolla, green on top, silver on the back."

The 20-year-old victim of another crash, which happened on Stock Rd 11 days ago, was yesterday transferred from Wellington Hospital to Hawke's Bay Hospital, where he remained in a serious condition.

It is understood the Hawke's Bay man was driving toward Flaxmere on Saturday about 9.25am when when his gold 2004 Honda Accord collided with an eight-tonne Infracon truck.

"All we know is that the vehicle has come off the road slightly to the left on to some gravel, lost control, tried to regain control and slid into the path of a truck," Senior Constable Corey Ubels said.

Any information on the Te Aute Hill accident contact police on (06) 8730500.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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