Source: New Zealand Police – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Young man died avoiding large object in the road

Bay of Plenty

Police investigating a fatal crash on SH2 in Whakamarama are now able to confirm that the man who died was a French National in his 20s who had been in New Zealand since late last year.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing, but it appears that a large object fell from a truck into the path of the young man’s car. He had to take evasive action, swerving to the left to avoid colliding with the object. In doing so it appears he lost control of the vehicle veered back across the road and collided with a truck and trailer unit travelling in the opposite direction.

Police are currently liaising with family through the French Embassy. No further details about the young man will be released until Police are satisfied that all family notifications have been carried out.

Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.