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US skier killed in Mt Cook motorbike crash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/12/2016

An American skier has died in a crash near Mt Cook in the South Island, becoming the 13th road fatality over the festive season.

Lucas Halgren, known as Sven, left The Hermitage hotel in Mt Cook Village on his motorcycle on Tuesday evening.

He was reported missing when he didn't arrive at work that day.

Mr Halgren's body and crashed motorcycle were discovered on Tasman Valley Road on Thursday afternoon.

Police are investigating the cause of the single-vehicle crash.

The 24-year-old, from Tolland, Connecticut, was a keen skier who had been living in New Zealand for the winter with his brother Patrick.

Patrick lost most of his left leg in a motorcycle crash three years ago and is training with the hope of being selected for the US Paralympic ski team in 2018.

Friends around the world have remembered Mr Halgren.

You could make anyone laugh in the worst times. For that I thank you. Rest easy friend," Scott Maynard said on Facebook.

"Life is so short and young lives are continuously taken too soon. Rest easy Lucas Sven Halgren," Mackenzie Kiefer added.

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