Boy 14, dies in collision with tanker

By Lindy Laird

A 14-year old cyclist died at the scene after slamming into a milk tanker in Moerewa just before 1am yesterday morning.

The boy's family were first on the scene, arriving only minutes after the fatal collision and were by his side when he died.

He was struck by the front right side of the north-bound tanker's trailer unit as he rode out of Wynyard St onto George St, the section of State Highway One through Moerewa.

Senior Constable Jim Hawthorn, of the Serious Crash Unit, inspected the undamaged tanker and trailer at the Fonterra factory site at Kauri yesterday on his way to Moerewa to examine the crash scene.

Mr Hawthorn said the corner where the boy collided with the tanker was well lit with street lighting. He said it was not known at this stage why the teenager, who lived nearby, was out riding at that time or how he came to smash into a highly visible passing tanker.

It is the second cycling related fatality in Northland in a week.

A 66-year old Auckland cyclist died after being struck by a four- wheel-drive at Ruakaka last Sunday.

The teenager's death is the fourth on Northland roads in a month, pushing the number of fatalities for the region to 11 already this year - four more than last year's record low of seven.

Three people were killed on New Zealand roads overnight from Saturday to Sunday. A 25-year old motorcyclist died when he failed to take a turn near Kutarere in the eastern Bay of Plenty at about 11.30pm on Saturday after being told by friends not to drive after drinking alcohol, police said. A female pedestrian died after being hit by a car at Glen Eden, Auckland, at 8pm.

- Northern Advocate

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