Man who lay dead next to trapped wife named

A tow truck removes a vehicle involved in fatal accident near Puketapu where an elderly couple's car left the driveway and rolled 30m into a tree. Photo/Warren Buckland
A tow truck removes a vehicle involved in fatal accident near Puketapu where an elderly couple's car left the driveway and rolled 30m into a tree. Photo/Warren Buckland

A pensioner who lay dead in a car next to his trapped and injured wife for 15 hours has been named as Alan Henry Skittrup, 94, of Taradale.

The couple's car is believed to have crashed on a rural property north of Napier sometime on Sunday night. It was not found till about 8am yesterday.

Mr Skittrup's 89-year-old wife Nancy remains in Hawke's Bay Hospital in a serious condition. The police Serious Crash Unit is continuing to investigate the crash.

It is believed the elderly couple had been visiting family at a Puketapu Rd property west of Napier for Sunday lunch and left for their Taradale home about 5pm.

But the silver Toyota Yaris in which they were travelling veered off a steep gravel driveway, rolling halfway down the hill, before coming to rest against a tree.

Police said Mr Skittrup probably died on impact.

- APNZ

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