Man killed in Taupo crash named

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Police can now name the person killed on Mapara Road yesterday morning.

He was 18-year-old Mathew Owen Forsyth of Taupo.

"Police extend their sympathies to the family and friends of Mr Forsyth.

"Police continue with their investigation into the cause of the crash."

Mathew was driving a Mazda utility vehicle which collided with a tree on Mapara Road, Taupo, at 7.20am.

Evidence indicates that speed was a factor in the crash, says Senior Sergeant Fane Troy of the Taupo Area Road Policing Group.

“This crash is another tragedy to our community.  Since January there have been 10 deaths in the Taupo and South Waikato areas.

“Police encourage all our road users, both local and those travelling through, to follow the basic road safety messages.

“Slow down, wear your seatbelts, do not drink and drive, beware of distractions and if feeling tired stop and have a rest.”

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