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‘Heavy reminder about road safety’: Police respond to fatal accident

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Sue Wards

10 July 2024, 4:50 AM

‘Heavy reminder about road safety’: Police respond to fatal accidentA 25-year-old tourist from Japan died in the accident on Saturday.

Wānaka Police Senior Sergeant Fiona (Fi) Roberts has responded to the fatal accident on Anderson Road on Saturday afternoon (July 6).

Fi confirmed that the incident involved a car and a cyclist, rather than two vehicles (which police mistakenly reported on Saturday evening).

A 25-year-old male tourist from Japan died at the scene.

“Police are in the early phases of the investigation and we will be able to release further details when we are in a position to do so,” Fi said.

“I’d personally like to acknowledge the civilian first responders who stopped to help and provide assistance and our emergency partners FENZ and St John for their efforts in the response.

Senior Sergeant Fiona Roberts: Drivers should expect the unexpected. 

“Sadly, this is a heavy reminder to us all about road safety.”

She said there are many things people can do as drivers and cyclists to keep safe on the roads. 

“We don’t need a tragic incident like this to underscore road safety. 

“You can prevent harm and injury by wearing a helmet, wearing protective and/or bright clothing. Use lights so you can be seen, lights improve your ability to see hazards and objects on the road including ice and debris at this time of year.”

Fi said she thinks wearing earbuds is “unhelpful and clearly [doesn’t] improve your ability to hear a vehicle”.

“Give yourself a chance,” she said.

Fi also reminded drivers to “expect the unexpected”. 

“One of the most important things you can do to be a safer driver is to look well ahead of you when you’re driving, so you can pick up potentially dangerous situations before it’s too late. Never presume you know what a cyclist will do. Read the body language and act accordingly.

“Slow down.”

Police are appealing to anyone who might have witnessed Saturday’s crash, or who might have dashcam footage. 

If you can help, please get in touch on 105 or online using reference file number 240706/6871.

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