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Police updates – fatal crashes in Kaimai Ranges, Ngahinapouri and US Tourist death

Police updates 1 November 2022 news

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 1 November 2022.

Name release, fatal crash, SH 29, Kaimai Ranges

Police can now name the person who died in a vehicle crash on SH29 on 28 October.

He was 19-year-old Thomas Pukepuke of Whatawhata, Waikato.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

Fatal crash – SH39, Ngāhinapōuri

Emergency services are responding to a crash involving a car and a bus on State Highway 39, Ngāhinapōuri, reported at 7.37am.

The driver of the car is confirmed to have died at the scene. The driver of the bus is reported to have received moderate injuries. There are no other injuries reported.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area and to expect delays.

Name release following fatal crash north of Gisborne

On Thursday 27 October 2022, Police attended a two vehicle crash on SH2 north of Gisborne.

Four people were seriously injured as a result and were transported to hospital by rescue helicopter and subsequently two were flown to Waikato Hospital for further specialist care.

Unfortunately, the driver of one of the vehicles sadly died as a result of his injuries.

He has been identified as Nicholas Isaac Simon, aged 25 of Colorado, USA.

Mr Simon and his partner had recently arrived in New Zealand for a month long holiday.

‘Our investigation into this crash is ongoing and Police are interested in any sightings of a white Mazda Station Wagon on both SH35 and SH2 on Thursday the 27 October 2022,’ said Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Moorhouse.

‘Police encourage anyone with any information to please call 105 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting the file number 221028/7637.

‘Our sincere condolences and thoughts are with Mr Simon’s partner and his family and friends in the USA at this very sad time.

‘We are very sorry for their loss.’

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