18 Apr 2014

Holiday road toll climbs to 3

9:53 pm on 18 April 2014

The Easter holiday road toll stands at three on Friday afternoon, a day after the period began.

In South Canterbury, a male pedestrian was struck by a car south of Hinds early on Friday. Police said the man have been driving south before parking his vehicle and continuing on foot.

A woman from Twizel was killed when her car left the road between Fairlie and Tekapo on Thursday night and hit a tree. Two passengers have been treated at Timaru Hospital for moderate injuries.

A woman also died after a crash near Kumeu, west of Auckland, on Thursday night. Three children in the vehicle are in a stable condition in Starship Hospital's intensive care unit.

The holiday period began at 4pm on Thursday and ends at 6am on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, two men who died when the tow truck they were in rolled down a bank in a remote area east of Opotiki at 1.30pm have been named.

They were Gordon Douglas Nelson, 67, and Frederick Michael Ruff, 70, both of Opotiki.

Police said Mr Nelson was the driver of the vehicle. An investigation into the crash is under way.