26 Mar 2016

Multiple injuries and three deaths in Easter traffic

6:05 am on 26 March 2016

The holiday road toll has risen to three after a 21-year-old was killed riding a long board in Kapiti, north of Wellington, last night.

This Easter has already been more deadly than last, when just one person died.

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The local man was hit by a car that had been following him down the road shortly before 6pm yesterday.

He died at the scene.

Earlier in the day one person died after driving over a bank near the Canterbury town of Methven.

In Central Otago, one person was killed and five others injured after a van carrying tourists crashed.

Among other serious accidents, seven people remain in hospital after two cars collided near Gisborne - the crash happened just moments after police began chasing one of the cars.

Police said the car was observed driving over the speed limit, south of Te Karaka, near Gisborne at around 10.45am on Friday.

Within seconds of the officer initiating the pursuit, with lights and siren, the car crashed into another vehicle, a spokesman said.

A four-year-old boy and one adult are in a critical condition, while five others, including a seven-year-old girl, sustained serious injuries.

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has been notified and a serious crash investigation has begun into the circumstances leading up to the crash.