Case 3: Crime of the Week - Hemi Rapaea Fatal Crash, Hawkes Bay

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Case 3: Crime of the Week - Hemi Rapaea Fatal Crash, Hawkes Bay

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Ten 7, Episode

7
5th April 2018

Police in Hawke’s Bay are still investigating a fatal crash in Te Aute on 10th March 2016, that claimed the life of 62 year old grandfather Hemi Rapaea.

At around 3:15am, a Ford Fairmont sedan was travelling North on SH2 toward Hastings when it has veered off the road into a line of toi toi bushes, flipping onto its roof and landing on the road. Evidence at the scene suggests that the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

There were two occupants in the car and the front seat passenger Hemi, who was hitchhiking to Hastings, has died at the scene as a result of the crash. The driver has removed himself from the Ford and evidence suggests that the driver then got into another vehicle that he was travelling with in convoy at the time and has left the scene.

It is believed that had the driver of the Ford Fairmont or the driver of the car travelling in convoy assisted Hemi following the crash, he may still be alive today.

Hemi has left behind eight children and 26 mokopuna and they need answers to put this to rest.

Hawkes Bay Police would like to hear from anyone who has any information relating to this tragic incident.