Fatal bike smash: Group's riding concerned other motorists - police

The scene soon after a motorcyclist was killed and others injured near Fitzgerald Glade near Rotorua yesterday. Photo / SNPA
The scene soon after a motorcyclist was killed and others injured near Fitzgerald Glade near Rotorua yesterday. Photo / SNPA

The way a group of motorcyclists was riding prior to a fatal crash was of concern to other motorists, police have been told.

Rotorua man Dixon Hona, 50, died in a multiple vehicle crash near the city on Saturday.

Mr Hona was the rider of one of four motorcycles that collided with a car at 2.35pm on State Highway Five, Mamaku.

The circumstances surrounding the crash are still being investigated.

"Motorcycle riders need to remember not to take risks on the roads and overtake only when they way is clear. Take extra care when riding in groups,'' said Senior Sergeant Fane Troy, Taupo Road Policing Group.

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed a large number of motorcycles travelling in a group along State Highway Five between Rotorua and Tirau on Saturday afternoon.

"Any motorists who witnessed these motorcyclists need to contact the Police as we have received information that their riding prior to the crash was of concern to other road users,'' Senior Sergeant Fane Troy said.

Anyone with information or who witnessed the crash please contact Senior Sergeant Fane Troy at Taupo Police on 07 378 6060 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

- APNZ

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