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Holiday road toll: 12 dead over Christmas and New Year

The scene of the crash on Symonds Street. - Photo: www.snpa.co.nz

The official holiday road toll has ended with 12 deaths over the Christmas and New Year period.

The official road toll began on 22 December at 4pm, and ran until 6am this morning.

This period was down from last year's road toll which saw 19 deaths in 15 fatal crashes, but was unchanged from 2015/16 which also saw 12 deaths.

Police have been approached for comment.

Here are the accidents which occurred over the period:

23 December

Taxi Driver Abdul Raheem Fahad Syed, 29, was killed in Central Auckland in the early hours of December 23 in a collision with a man accused of drunk driving and running a red light.

Later that day 64-year-old Fijian National Lalita Devi was killed in a single-car crash in Northland.

24 December

Early on Christmas Eve the driver of a car died after hitting a tree in Hanmer Springs.

Later that morning one person was killed after a van rolled down a bank in Central Hawke's Bay.

A fifth person died in hospital after a three-car collision on State Highway Five near Rotorua.

26 December

On Boxing Day 80-year-old Horton James Hill of Christchurch and 31-year-old Matthew James Gilchrist of Oamaru were killed in a crash on Waimate Highway in Canterbury.

30 December

One person died and another injured after a truck rolled near Waiharara in Northland.

31 December

A person died after a car and a ute collided at Appleby near Nelson. A St John spokesperson said five others were injured, two with moderate injuries, and three with minor injuries.

A man who was critically injured in a single-car crash in Whangarei later died in hospital.

1 January

One man was killed after two-car crash on Tauranga bridge in early hours of the New year.

2 January

One person died after a motorbike and a ute collided in Masterton last night.


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