Wally Fischer, 54, from Dargaville, was killed in a crash on Monday 17 June 2002 on State Highway 1 near the Mahokine viaduct, north of Hunterville.
Wally was driving, with his wife, Doreen, as a passenger, when a car driven by Anson Ray Kokiri, 22, who was travelling in the opposite direction, collided with them. Wally died at the scene. Doreen suffered a serious brain injury which left her in intensive care. She still suffers the effects of the brain injury today.
Kokiri was charged with manslaughter, dangerous driving causing injury, disqualified driving, receiving a stolen vehicle and failing to stop for police.
Wally’s wife, Doreen, is supporting Road Safety Week: “Wally was my husband and he was taken away from me by a driver taking risks and not thinking about the consequences. Please don’t take risks on our roads, keep yourself and others safe.”