Fatal crash near Te Kaha - name release

Fatal crash near Te Kaha - name release

Bay of Plenty

To be attributed to Detective Inspector Lew Warner, Bay of Plenty Field Crime Manager:
 
Police are continuing to investigate a fatal crash that occurred on State Highway 35 opposite the Raukokere Marae, near Te Kaha, yesterday afternoon.  
 
The motorcyclist who died at the scene was Don Henry Turei Junior, 38, from Tawera.
 
Mr Turei and his brother, who was travelling on another motorbike, had left a family wedding at Raukokere Church and were on their way to the wedding reception when the crash occurred. 
 
It is believed that Mr Turei was hit by a white Honda Odyssey-type van, which immediately left the scene of the crash. 
 
Police continue to appeal for sightings of that vehicle driving in the area around 2-3pm yesterday. 
 
Police would also like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the crash, or anyone who believes they may have information that would help with our investigation. 
 
Please contact Bay of Plenty Police on 07 349 9554 if you can help.  Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 
 
ENDS
 
Issued by Police Media Centre.