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Coromandel crash victim named

Mickey Albert, 41, died in a crash near Colville. File photo.

The man killed in a crash near Colville, Thames-Coromandel District has been named.

Police have released the name of the man who died in a crash on Monday 31 December.

He was Mickey Tarahuirangi Albert, aged 41, of Auckland.

The crash occurred on Port Jackson Road when the car Mickey was driving went down a cliff and into the rocks below.

Another person received critical injuries during the incident while two other passengers were seriously injured.

"Police extend their sympathies to his whanau and loved ones, as well as the injured children who were with him in the vehicle, who remain in Starship hospital," says police in a statement.

"The investigation into the circumstances of the crash is ongoing and Police urge everyone to drive safely this summer."

Mickey's death is one of nine among this year's holiday road toll. 

The official holiday period started on Christmas Eve and runs to 6am on Thursday. 

Ministry of Transport figures show that last year's holiday period claimed the lives of 12 people, 90 people were seriously injured and 379 people suffered minor injuries. 

The latest death in the holiday toll has involved a teenage pedestrian being hit by a car near Gore.

Provisional figures show that 380 people were killed on New Zealand roads in 2018.

Police Minister Stuart Nash says he's devastated at the figures and says many of the crashes are preventable.

“There are far too many families who are missing a loved one these holidays after road accidents this year. It is devastating to know that many of these deaths were preventable,” he says.

“The summer holidays are not over, and I encourage everyone to remain patient, courteous, and pay attention behind the wheel to ensure you and your loved ones get where you’re going safe and well."

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