Natalie Akoorie

Natalie Akoorie is a reporter at the NZ Herald based in Hamilton.

Woman killed in fatal Hamilton crash named

An elderly woman died in the car after it collided with another at a major intersection in Hamilton about 12.30pm today. Photo / Natalie Akoorie
An elderly woman died in the car after it collided with another at a major intersection in Hamilton about 12.30pm today. Photo / Natalie Akoorie

A woman killed in a car crash in Hamilton on Christmas Day has been named as Rongmei Wang, a 71-year-old Chinese national.

Ms Wang was a rear seat passenger in a car that collided with a ute at the intersection of Avalaon Drive and Te Rapa Rd at 12.35pm.

Four of Ms Wang's family members were taken to Waikato Hospital following the crash.

Police later located a suspended driver who allegedly fled the crash site - a member of the public followed the fleeing car and helped officers track its 26-year-old female driver to an address in Pukete, Hamilton.

Waikato road policing manager Inspector Marcus Lynam said it was too early to determine fault or say whether charges would be laid.

Ms Wang's death brings the Waikato road toll to 45. It was the first death of the official Christmas road toll, which is currently sitting at three.

- APNZ

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