8 Jan 2014

Havelock North crash victim named

11:16 am on 8 January 2014

An 87-year-old woman killed in a car crash near Havelock North has been named as Frances Ada Burden, a local resident.

Senior Sergeant Greg Brown said the crash happened at about 3pm on Tuesday when according to witnesses a van crossed the centreline and collided with Mrs Burden's car.

The 20-year-old driver of the van was admitted to Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital with a suspected broken leg.

Mr Brown said initial investigations show alcohol or excessive speed were not factors in the crash but investigators are looking all aspects of the accident, including whether fatigue or distraction contributed.