Officially, Seven people were killed on New Zealand roads over the holiday period
Ministry of Transport says there were only seven fatalities between 4pm on Christmas Eve and 6am today.
[We don’t believe them because the figures are doctored as usual, but that’s another story.]
List of the victims including kiwis are as follows:
- Sandy Paul Waenga Brown, 21, of Paua, was killed south of Cape Reinga in the early hours of Christmas Day.
- Olivia Lu, 11 months, died after a single-car crash on State Highway 1 near Raumati South on December 28.
- Unnamed 56-year-old woman from China was killed in a crash between Te Anau and Mossburn in Southland on December 29.
- Kahui Matauwhati, 4, of Masterton, was killed in a crash at Owhango, 21 kilometres south of Taumarunui, on December 29.
- Lynelle Joy Bray, 46, died in a collision between a bus and car in Hamilton on December 30.
- Gregory John Spargo, 50, of Auckland, died in a motorcycle crash near Bulls on New Year’s Eve
- A male motorcyclist, possibly a French national, was killed in a collision between his bike and a car on the Napier-Taihape road yesterday.
“Meanwhile Hawke’s Bay Hospital reported this morning that Manmeet Singh, the baby injured in a crash on the Taupo-Napier highway yesterday when a van plunged down a 10-metre bank, has been taken off the critical list, but his father Jagtar was still in a critical condition in intensive care,” according to a report.
Fatal Crash on SH94
A few Hours after the official holiday period ended, there was another fatal crash involving Chinese tourists:
“The crash involved three cars, the first car was a rental driven and occupied by four tourists from China,” according to a report by Fuseworks.
“The driver is a male aged 43 years in Dunedin hospital in critical condition, a female aged 56 years was found deceased at the scene, a male aged 58 years has been transferred to Christchurch hospital in critical but stable condition and a female aged 30 years is in moderate condition in Invercargill hospital.”
Fiction: Ministry of Transport says New Zealand’s annual road toll for 2013 was 254, the lowest since 1950.
- Miracles don’t happen.
- The rules for recording road fatalities have changed.
- Many road fatalities probably go unreported if there are no [credible] witnesses.
- If the victim is fatally injured but dies on the way to hospital, or while awaiting medical attention in the emergency room, her death would not be recorded as a road kill.
- Other tricks we haven’t discovered yet.