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Waikato road deaths 'horrify' police

06:55 Sun, 9 Mar 2014
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Three separate crashes on Waikato's roads have left two men dead and another fighting for his life in what police have called a "horrific" start to the weekend.

The first incident happened on Friday afternoon, when an 80-year-old pedestrian was hit by a van as he crossed State Highway One at Karapiro on his way to a cafe.

The man suffered serious head injuires and was in a critical condition in Waikato Hospital.

On Saturday, a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a truck and trailer unit in Wardville near Matamata.

It is the fifth fatal crash involving motorcycles in the district so far this year.

"The cost is too much to the loved ones left behind," Inspector Freda Grace says.

"Regardless of who is established as being at fault what we have now is nine people dead on our roads compared to four for the same period last year."

Another man died on Saturday during a classic car race meeting at Hampton Downs after his 1961 Cooper open-wheel formula car failed to negotiate a sweeping bend and collided with a wall.

"Because part of the management of the event involves having emergency crews in place at the track, medical aid was available to the man straight away however he died at the scene," Inspector Grace says.

While each of the three events was different Mrs Grace said there are now three families having to come to terms with the trauma of motor vehicle crashes.

Source ONE News

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