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Police name four dead in Hamilton crash

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/06/2016
Hannah Strickett (L) and Paul Desilva (R) were killed in a crash near Hamilton airport. © Facebook Hannah Strickett (L) and Paul Desilva (R) were killed in a crash near Hamilton airport.

Police have named the four people who died in a car that was sliced in half on impact in a crash near Hamilton Airport.

They are Lance Tyrone Robinson, 28, Paul De Silva, 20, Hannah Lei Strickett-Craze, 24, all from the local Waipa district, and 19-year-old Jason McCormick Ross from Taranaki.

They were killed when their white Nissan Skyline sedan collided with a Toyota van on State Highway 3, just before 10pm on Friday.

Lance Robinson was among those killed in the crash. © Facebook Lance Robinson was among those killed in the crash.

They all died at the scene and the driver of the van is in Waikato Hospital in a stable condition.

Police have said speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

They are keeping an open mind to speculation the car was racing another car.

Police believe the Nissan - earlier seen in Te Awamutu - had been travelling with a second vehicle, a white hatchback possibly with tinted windows.

A crash near Hamilton airport has killed four. © TVNZ A crash near Hamilton airport has killed four. The two cars were seen in Ohaupo village, between Hamilton and Te Awamutu, before the crash.

There was an earlier incident at a Te Awamutu petrol station, where the driver of a Nissan Skyline was allegedly involved in an altercation with a motorist, media report.

"Saw this last night only a couple of minutes after it had happened. There was nothing left of the Skyline. Just a cloud of dust hanging gently in the air and an eerie silence," a person posted on a police Facebook page.

Waikato road policing manager, Inspector Freda Grace, is reminding all motorists that New Zealand's road rules are in place to keep everyone safe.

"If we all follow the rules, we will all make it home safely," she says.

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