Waikato Police have named 38-year-old Te Puru man Timothy William Jensen as the victim of a fatal crash on Hauraki Rd earlier this week.
Describing the paper delivery driver’s death as “avoidable”, police hope the tragedy will resonate with other services drivers to adjust their behaviour and prevent putting themselves at risk.
District Road Policing Manager Inspector Freda Grace says the Serious Crash Unit is still investigating why his car was on the wrong side of the road when it impacted with an oncoming Holden Commodore on Hauraki Rd on Wednesday, at about 5.30am.
“The occupants of the Commodore escaped serious injury in the crash, however, Mr Jensen, who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered fatal injuries in the crash.
“In expressing our sympathies on behalf of NZ Police to his family for their loss I also find myself reflecting on if he had been wearing a seatbelt, could this have save his life?”
Freda says at the time of Timothy’s death he was working as a newspaper delivery driver, which under current legislation can be subject to an exemption from wearing a seatbelt provided the vehicle is being driven under 50km/h.
From a prevention perspective, Freda and police are urging service drivers to consider their safety first and, where applicable, apply their seatbelts.
“Another important aspect to consider is there is no legal dispensation allowing people to drive on the wrong side of the road delivering goods.
“We urge service deliverers to consider this practice to ensure safety on our roads for all road users.”