American woman killed in Tauranga crash

The crash is at the intersection of Dive Crescent and the Taikitimu Drive on-ramp.

UPDATED: Police have confirmed that the cyclist killed in a crash with a truck earlier this afternoon was a 71-year-old tourist.

The crash occurred at about 12.15pm at the intersection of Mirrielees Road and Te Awanui Drive in Tauranga.

"It's believe the woman was American and had been a passenger on a visiting cruise ship," says police.

"The Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit and the Police Serious Crash Unit are investigating."


The Takitimu Drive on-ramp near Dive Crescent has been re-opened following a fatal crash involving a cyclist and a truck.

Dive Cres from Sulphur Point down to The Strand in the Tauranga CBD was closed for several hours to allow the Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit and Police's Serious Crash Unit to carry out their investigations into the fatal crash.

Western Bay of Plenty road policing Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says the cyclist died at the scene as a result of her injuries.

Police will not be commenting further on the incident until the cyclist's next-of-kin have been notified, adds Ian.


A cyclist has been killed following a crash on the Takitimu Drive on-ramp, near Dive Crescent.

A police spokesperson says a woman was killed after being hit by a truck.

"The cyclist has died at the scene," says a statement from police.

There were no other injuries.

"Sulphur Point on-ramp near the Harbour Bridge is currently blocked, and motorists are asked to drive with care.

"The Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit and the Police Serious Crash Unit are investigating."

People are being asked to avoid the area as police deal with the crash scene.


A serious crash has been reported on Dive Crescent, Tauranga.

A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says traffic is backing up at the intersection of Dive Crescent and the Takitimu Drive on-ramp.

Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion asks people to avoid Dive Crescent.

He says the crash is on Dive Crescent and emergency services are at the scene.

There are reports that one person is dead following the crash. Police are yet to confirm this.

A reporter at the scene says there are five police cars at the scene of the crash and a truck parked on the side of the road.

"The scene is at the Dive Crescent/Takitimu Road on ramp."



Posted on 23-11-2016 15:15 | By Kenworthlogger

I have no problem with fully armed police in full tactical gear. Then again im a law obiding citizen. Whats your point Algail?


Posted on 23-11-2016 13:14 | By maildrop

Was he waving his glock about or letting off a few rounds into the air for fun? Did he stick it in your face and say "hand me the keys"? I suspect not. You're point is valid, he should have returned to base and disarmed himself of his glock, handcuffs, stick, pepper spray and big boots, so as not to offend anyone whilst doing a bit of traffic management.


Posted on 23-11-2016 10:10 | By Taffy

F.Y.I. as to why the officer was armed.A certain number of AOS are also your ordinary policemen on occasions as required.Whilst there are permanent AOS personell they have back up probably in this case,secondly there had been an AOS operation earlier in the day as reported on Sunlive so thats why this officer happened to be armed directing traffic No Big Deal


Posted on 22-11-2016 20:48 | By panda

Maybe she was just copying the local cyclists.....many of which cycle right through red lights! They're a law unto themselves.

Cyclist killed near Harbour Bridge

Posted on 22-11-2016 18:23 | By algail

Sad news Today I was stopped by a Policeman in Tauranga on the strand due to the crash and directed in another direction because of the Truck / bike car crash and the officer was Glocked up HMMM. Why armed for a crash ?????Alastair

Give way

Posted on 22-11-2016 16:09 | By maildrop

Coming from Sulphur Point and going left onto the bridge is governed by a Give Way, so one of them didn't give way.


Posted on 22-11-2016 14:00 | By dumbkof2

someone not giving way or running a red light. condolences to all concerned

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