A motorcyclist suffered head and spinal injuries during a crash between his bike and a car near Okoia today.

Police said the 60-year-old male rider hit the side of the turning car during an overtaking manoeuvre.

He was taken to hospital in a serious condition after the crash, St John spokesman Ian May said.

Emergency services were called to the scene at No 2 Line about 10.20am where the car and motorbike had come to a rest on the side of the road just near a driveway. The driver's door of the car had significant damage and the front wheel of the of the motorbike had been ripped off its body.


The driver of the car, Witana Nepson, said he was pulling right into a driveway when the impact happened.

"I didn't see it until the glass smashed all over my face," he said.

"I jumped out and turned him on his side. I called out to my mate and got him to call an ambulance."

Mr Nepson said he didn't hear anything until he felt something hit his driver's door. "The front wheel was in front of my face and he was lying there."

He said he spoke to the rider of the bike who was conscious at the time.

Mr Nepson was not injured apart from a few cuts.

Police would also like to speak with anybody who witnessed the crash or saw the vehicles travelling along No 2 Line shortly before the crash.

Information can be passed to the District Command Centre on 06 351 2535.