Waihi refuse centre fatality a road death

Tuesday 18 December 2012, 2:08PM
By New Zealand Police


The name of a man who died in Waikato Hospital on Sunday afternoon after suffering serious injuries while reversing at a Waihi refuse centre has been released.

Waikato Road Policing Manager, Inspector Marcus Lynam said the man was 84-year-old Henning PETERSEN of Waihi.

"Just how Mr PETERSEN suffered his injuries is at the centre of the Serious Crash Unit investigation currently underway.

"What we know is that while reversing at the refuge centre on Sunday morning shortly after 10am, Mr PETERSEN has got into difficulty and as a result lost control of his car. During the course of this loss of control he has been partially ejected from the vehicle and suffered life threatening injuries."

Mr PETERSEN was transported to Waikato Hospital by ambulance but died later that day.

"Because of the public accessibility nature of the site the Mr PETERSEN's death is being treated as a road fatality which raises the Waikato road toll to 44 deaths from 40 crashes."

Mr Lynam said Police offered their condolences to Mr PETERSEN'S family for his tragic loss and said the incident highlighted the need for drivers to be vigilant when behind the wheel at all times.