More than 3,400 overseas visitors, international students, foreign workers and recent emigrants have lost their lives and about 18,000 others seriously injured in New Zealand since year 2000.
French victims survive Australia, only to lose at ‘NZ Roulette’
Remi Morilleau, 27, was killed in a three-car crash in Northland on Christmas Day just hours after arriving in New Zealand.
The victim, a native of Nantes, had arrived in Auckland from Melbourne with his partner on Christmas Day.
“The tourist’s partner and the driver of another car suffered serious injuries and two children were treated for minor injuries after the crash on State Highway 1 near Whangarei about 6.45pm on Christmas Day,” according to a report.
They lasted about 4 hours from arrival, travelling just 160km in New Zealand.
RIP. Frenchman Remi Morilleau, 27, of Nantes, who was killed on his first day of a holiday in New Zealand, was reportedly the son of the Bernard Morilleau, the mayor of Sainte-Pazanne, a small town southwest of Nantes. He was with his partner, driving a rental car between Oakleigh and Puwera on SH1 when his life was cut short. They had survived a holiday in Australia, only to lose at NZ Roulette.
The victim’s partner was seriously injured, but her injuries were probably not The victim’s partner was seriously injured, but her injuries were probably not life-threatening, police said.
Based on the information received from our friends throughout the country and the blog’s statistical model, the moderators believe at least 1,280 crashes have occurred on NZ roads, resulting in about 40 fatalities and at least 650 injuries, since the official holiday road monitoring period began at 4pm on 24 December.
[The perfidious police say only six people have been killed on the roads since Christmas Eve!!! According to their latest figures, only 321 people have died on the roads so far this year. In reality, the road toll is not much different from the 1980s when about 800 were killed each year. They have been doctoring the figures since to show much lower fatalities.]
Even more carnage and mayhem on NZ roads
Otira bus crash 2pm update – Thursday, 31 December 2015 – 2:03pm – Tasman
Police can confirm that all [36 people] involved in today’s crash between a bus and a car on SH73 at Otira Gorge are tourists. Three were travelling in the car and the remainder on the bus.
Five people have been flown to Christchurch in [very] serious conditions and three have been taken by road to Greymouth Hospital. http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/otira-bus-crash-2pm-update
All 36 people involved in a mass-injury collision between a bus and a car near Arthur’s Pass in the South Island are tourists except the Kiwi driver of the bus. A total of 16 people suffered injuries, St John’s ambulance said. Two men on motorcycles had smashed the bus’s window and were lifting people free. http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/75552844/At-least-12-people-injured-after-bus-rolls-down-bank-at-Otira-Gorge-Arthurs-Pass
It’s believed that the tourists in the car were Europeans, and those on the bus were Asians.
Jakeb Riley named as man killed in rural Canterbury crash
Jakeb Oscar Aspin Riley, 20, birth place undisclosed, has been named as the victim of a head-on car crash on Mitchells Rd, between Christchurch and Ashburton, in rural Canterbury on Tuesday. Riley’s car collided head-on with a truck. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/75555531/Jakeb-Riley-named-as-man-killed-in-rural-Canterbury-crash
Second car crash near Queenstown after car fails to stop in time at site of earlier smash
t least four cars were severely damaged in two separate but linked crashes and “multiple injuries” were reported. One of the vehicles involved appeared to have foreign backpackers on board.
Tourist gets away with “murder” thanks to judge Brian Callaghan
Chinese tourist pays $800 reparation to Chinese woman who was placed in an induced coma after collision. http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/mid-canterbury-selwyn/75453048/four-injured-when-driver-fell-asleep
Crash on the Northern Motorway
Five people have been injured in a crash in Northland tonight. Three people with serious injuries and another with moderate injuries have been transported to Whangarei Hospital by the Northland Electricity Rescue Helicopters. The crash happened in on Sandhills Rd in Ahipara at 9pm. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11568060
Earlier in the evening a car flipped on the Northern Motorway. The driver of the car suffered serious injuries after he was thrown from a window of the car onto the road.
In Apiti, a 28-year-old Feilding man suffered multiple serious injuries in a car accident.