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cause of crash
By LAURA WALTERS
A coroner's report released this week ruled the death
of two local teenage stable hands killed in a fatal
crash in Awahuri was caused by inattention.
The accident occurred at the corner of State High-
way 3 and Mt Stewart Rd, on August 6.
Coroner Tim Scott said Holly Ann Eades, 17, and
Jackie Maree Miller, 18, died after their vehicle
crossed the centre line and collided with a Range
Rover in the opposite lane when they were driving
back to work after their lunch break.
Mr Scott said the accident occurred when Miss
Eades, a driver on her restricted licence, lost concen-
tration and veered off the left hand side of the road.
She then over-corrected, lost control, and crossed
the centre line into oncoming traffic.
When the Feilding teenager crossed into the right
lane she collided with the front of a Range Rover, Mr
He said the crash investigator concluded a lack of
driving experience combined with a likely lack of
attention, or a distraction, had been the reason for
Miss Eades losing control of the Ford Laser she was
Mr Scott said he was satisfied with the findings of
the crash investigator.
The crash investigator has come to an educated
conclusion as to why and how the crash occurred
based on his investigation and his experience,'' he
I accept that this is the most likely and probable
cause of the crash, although this cannot be stated
with absolute certainty.''
Miss Eades' death was caused by the head injuries
she sustained in the accident, Mr Scott said.
Miss Miller, a Sanson resident who was in the
front passenger's seat, died from multiple injuries.
Mr Scott said the post-mortem report showed no
signs of alcohol or drugs in Miss Eades' system and
she was not speeding at the time of the accident.
The driver of the Range Rover sustained non-fatal
injuries. He said it had been raining on and off dur-
ing the day, but the road was not saturated at the
time of the accident.
Manawatu rural support team
Rural visitors: Sheryl Jones and Tima Simms with the rural support cars in which they visit northern
Photo: BOBBIE NICHOLLS
The population of the northern
Manawatu rural areas is chang-
ing, and with it, the issues that
face residents of these areas.
Manawatu Rural Support
workers Sheryl Jones and Tima
Simms hear all the problems
and the joys of living out of
Manawatu rural people
strengths but as the younger
generations return to the family
farms from the city, they face
different issues than their
parents and grandparents,''
Our job is to visit the homes
and where there are issues of
isolation and loneliness, to put
them in touch with resources
and services that may assist
In their new, well-marked
cars, Sheryl and Tima are out in
the northern areas, Sheryl in
the west including Waituna
West, Rewa, Peep-O-Day and
Pakihikura, and Tima in the
east from Kiwitea to
Rangiwahia to Pohangina and
all areas between.
They knock on the doors of all
residences, leaving their cards
if there is no-one home.
Manawatu Rural Support is
managed by Manchester House
Social Services and came into
its own during the 2004 storm
event when many people in
these areas were isolated by
slips and floodwaters.
Staff has changed since
then, but the caring attitude
Since she joined the service
two years ago, Tima's three
days a week has seen her estab-
lish a craft and garden group in
Kimbolton, both of which are
now run by the people them-
selves. Pilates has been run in
the district for two terms and is
looking to start again during
She has organised two
parenting programmes at the
request of young parents in
We held a very successful
cancer seminar in Pohangina
too last year,'' Tima said.
Its all about bringing people
Rural Support workers can
support people who struggle
with personal difficulties, they
may not wish their neighbours
to know about -- health,
Not everyone is familiar with
what is available to them.
Transport to healthcare can
be accessed through St John
mobility vans, if the person is
enrolled with the Manawatu
PHO, but some people do not
They may be eligible for
WINZ financial help, or help
with reading and writing from
Literacy Feilding, Budgeting,
Counselling or Drug and
There are a lot of young
women who have come from cit-
ies like Wellington to live on
lifestyle blocks or farms. By
door knocking and meeting
them, we found they did not
know each other, so when they
have babies or health problems
there is not the support they
need. Some have families
locally, but many do not. These
activities bring them together.''
Communication is very
important to rural folk, and
Sheryl has been with the ser-
vice since September and said
she often had the door opened to
her by someone who was talk-
ing on the phone.
So issues such as broadband
internet and mobile phone
access which we townspeople
take for granted, make a huge
difference to isolated rural
Most Manawatu rural folk
are resilient and look after each
other,'' Sheryl said. Manawatu
Rural Support is there to find
and fill the gaps.
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