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Two dead on roads over Easter

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/04/2017

Two people have died on New Zealand roads over Easter weekend.

The official holiday toll period ended at 6am on Tuesday.

Otautau man Conor Drake, 21, was killed when the four-wheel-drive he was in collided with a tanker at Oporo, in Southland, on Sunday morning.

Another man was found dead on a roadside in Ruatoria, near Gisborne, early on Sunday.

While police are still investigating the cause of that death, a spokeswoman said it would be counted in official toll statistics.

Four people died on New Zealand's roads over the same long weekend last year.

The number of road deaths for the year now stands at 97, compared to 89 at the same time in 2016.

In a third death not on public roads, 25-year-old Christchurch man Ruaraidh McLeod died in a crash at the Methven Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Street Race on Saturday.

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