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Moped rider in fatal crash on way home from work

Police last night released the name of the man who died on Saturday night when the moped scooter he was riding collided with a parked truck and trailer unit in Anzac Street.

He was 34-year-old Russell Grant of Gisborne.

Mr Grant was taken to Gisborne Hospital after he had been treated at the scene of the crash by St John ambulance officers and firefighters.

He had suffered critical injuries.

Police said Mr Grant died a short time after arrival at hospital.

They have offered their sympathies to his whanau and friends.

Mr Grant worked at Cedenco and was on his way home from his shift at the food processing plant when the collision occurred.

His death has shocked workers in the close-knit Cedenco workplace, said managing director Tim Chrisp.

A blessing ceremony was held at the factory yesterday where tributes were paid to Mr Grant.

“The company and our many local staff are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend on Saturday evening,” Mr Chrisp said.

“Russell was a long-standing member of our powders team and had amassed considerable experience and skill in one of our most critical processing areas.

“We extend our condolences to his family.”

Police have a serious crash inquiry under way and their investigation into the circumstances of the crash continues.

TRIBUTES: Flowers have been left at the spot in Anzac Street where Russell Grant, riding home on his moped from work at Cedenco on Saturday night, collided with a parked truck and trailer unit. Picture by Liam Clayton

  1. Paul Brown says:

    Trucks should be banned from that road altogether.

  2. Jay Brown says:

    I feel that all trucks should be banned from Anzac Street. It has got worse over the years as the street is used as a short cut for all vehicles and they drive faster than the 50kmh. We need chicanes or judder bars to slow the traffic down. It is dangerous all times of the day and also school drop-off, yet no slower speed limits.