Road crash claims yet another life

Monday November 18, 2019 Written by Published in Local

Road death toll now stands at six after a man died in a motorcycle crash at the weekend.


A man in his early 20s died as a result of injuries sustained in a collision between two motorcycles early yesterday.

The accident in Titikaveka was one of the four that were reported over the weekend. 

Police spokesperson Trevor Pitt said three crashes were reported in the space of about half an hour, one of which resulted in a fatality.

Pitt said they attended the fatal crash near Te Puna Motors at 1.43am. He said police conducted crash forensics at the scene later yesterday.

The victim is believed to have been traveling towards Muri. The other person involved in the accident sustained injuries and was taken to the hospital.

The other accidents occurred near St Mary’s Church in Arorangi at 1.19am, and the Met Office in Nikao at 1.12am. A male driver of a motorbike sustained a broken wrist.

On Saturday night, police attended to a motorbike crash at Kavera, which was reported in at 9.41pm.

Police have not confirmed the main cause of the accidents but it is believed all were alcohol related.

Cook Islands Security director Chris Denny said one of his staff attended the accident and assisted in the efforts to save the deceased.

“The Cook Islands Security patrol officer spent an hour with ambulance staff trying to save one rider. Unfortunately he passed away at the scene from major head injuries,” Denny said.

He said over the past six months, the patrol officers had attended numerous crashes and the traumatic experience was affecting them.

“I think there are more and more road accidents over the past six months and the experience is leaving our patrol officers traumatised.”

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