19 Nov 2009

Mohaka death caused by fall from bridge

7:53 pm on 19 November 2009

Napier police say the man found dead underneath a bridge on State Highway 5 between Napier and Taupo died after falling from the bridge.

Motorists who stopped for a break on Tuesday afternoon near the Mohaka River bridge saw a man lying on the riverbed.

He was identified on Wednesday as Robert Potiki, 35, from Hastings.

Detective Senior Sergeant Nick Reid says a post-mortem examination shows the man died from injuries consistent with a fall.

He says the police have handed the matter over to the coroner to determine the circumstances surrounding the death.