Tuesday, 23 June 2015 - 5:18pm |

Investigation into fatal crash involving a horse continues

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Canterbury Police are repeating their appeal for anyone who saw horses near the intersection of Pound Road and Yaldhurst Road last Tuesday (16 June 2015) to contact them.

Constable Kane Finnie says “The victim, 51 year old James Andrew Kelly, was travelling east-bound on Yaldhurst Road at approximately 8.40pm when the motorcycle he was riding collided with one of two unattended horses on the road.   It is the responsibility of stock owners to keep their animals secure.  Part of the investigation into the crash will be to ascertain how long the horses were unattended on the road and why they were on the road.  We are keen to hear from anyone who saw horses on the road or witnessed the crash as they may have vital information that will assist with our ongoing investigation.”

The death has been referred to the Coroner and the services of Victim Support have been offered to his family.

"With the recent heavy snow/rain in the District this is a timely reminder for anyone who has stock to check their fences and gates to ensure their animals are secure and unable to pose a threat to neighbours or road users.  This is particularly important during the winter months when the hours of darkness are longer and visibility on the roads is reduced" explained Constable Finnie.

Police urge anyone who witnessed the crash or saw any horses on the road on Tuesday evening (16 June 2015) prior to the crash to call 03 363 7400.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Issued by:  Lisa-Marie Brooks, District Communications Manager, Canterbury Police District.  Mobile:  021 942 404