Man killed in SH2 crash named

SH2, between both ends of Te Puna Station Road, was closed following a fatal crash. Photo: Cameron Avery.

The name of the man killed in a head-on crash on State Highway 2 near Te Puna can now been named.

Police have released a statement naming 79-year-old Larkie Apaapa as the man who died in a two-car crash on Friday night.

Police say Mr Apaapa was from Tauranga.

“Police offer their sympathies to his family and friends at this difficult time.

“The investigation into the crash is ongoing.”

Emergency services were called to the crash scene around 7.30pm.

Police were forced to close a stretch of the highway, between both Te Puna Station roads.

Diversion were in place and the road was re-opened about midnight once the crash scene was cleared.

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