Husband killed, woman remains critical
Newly wed U.S. woman whose husband was killed in a crash by the Waitomo Caves remains in a critical condition in Waikato Hospital.
Yet another American killed in New Zealand. Kenneth Kallan Stithem and Kirsten Steinke were married just five days ago in the US. Mr Stithem was killed in a crash at Waitomo which left Ms Steinke in a critical condition in Waikato Hospital. Photo: Supplied/via stuff NZ.
The American couple, married just five days ago in the US, were on their honeymoon when their car was rammed by a cement truck on Thursday.
The bridegroom, 31-year-old Kenneth Stithem, was killed in the crash and his 28-year-old wife Kirsten Steinke is in critical condition, awaiting surgery.
Her parents, who traveled from Colorado, are at their daughter’s bedside, according to Newstalk ZB.
On average, 3 foreigners are killed in New Zealand every 4 days.
Kenneth Stithem was probably the 2,553rd tourist killed in New Zealand since January 2000.
The Air New Zealand “Bereavement Service”
So many tourists are killed in New Zealand that our national air carrier, Air New Z-land is now offering a special “bereavement service” for the victims’ families.
“They also singled out the service provided by Air New Zealand as part of their bereavement policy. From the moment both couples checked in at Los Angeles International Airport, Air New Zealand ensured they were “red tagged” right through to Auckland Airport and fast-tracked through Customs with the help of the New Zealand Police,” according to a report.