Thursday , April 15 2021

The motorcyclist and biker die after two serious South Island crashes



Dyers Pass Rd has been the scene of many accidents.

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Dyers Pass Rd has been the scene of many accidents.

A motorcycle and biker have died after two separate incidents on the southern island on Saturday.

The emergency service was called the crash at the junction of Dyers Pass Rd and Summit Rd, near the Kiwi sign just before 2 o'clock on Saturday.

A police spokeswoman said a man was taken to Christchurch Hospital with critical injuries but died shortly after.

A man died after a motorcycle crash on Dyers Pass Rd on Saturday afternoon. (File photo).

JOHN BISSET / STUFF

A man died after a motorcycle crash on Dyers Pass Rd on Saturday afternoon. (File photo).

The road was closed shortly after the crash at the crossing of Dyers Pass Rd and Governors Bay Rd. It would resume right after 19:00.

Inquiries about the circumstances of the crash were ongoing, she said.

Former Governor Bay firefighter Lindsay McLeod, who has lived in the settlement for more than 35 years, said dozens of motorcycles passed his governor's Bay home after 12:00.

He said that Dyers Pass Rd was always very busy during the weekends but "extremely big" group of motorcycles was the most he ever seen coming through the area at once.

It was unclear about the person who was associated with this group.

McLeod said that although the changes to speed and additional road signs in the area had made people more aware, he still saw a lot of dangerous driving.

"I had a close miss event last month, when someone got up from the city side and I went to work on the Governors Bay side and this car turned me right in front of me … I would have driven straight into the passenger door if I had not stopped in time. "

Dyers Pass Rd has been the scene of many accidents. The road, which links Cashmere and Governors Bay, has been the scene of 170 crashes since 2008, resulting in 95 injuries and two deaths.

In April of this year, Christchurch City Councilors approved to change the speed limit along the way outside the residence to 60kmh.

The previous speed limit between Summit Rd and Governors Bay Rd was 100kmh and 70kmh from just over Hackthorne Rd to Summit Rd.

At the same time, cyclist Antoni Robert Langtry, 52, from Feilding, died after an accident on the Rameka mountain bike trail near the small Tasman town of Takaka just after 14.40pm on Saturday.

A police spokeswoman said that Langtry's death had been referred to coroner.


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