Midwife among those killed

by Mike Isle

Police have released the names of three people killed in road fatalities in what has started as a horror month on Selwyn roads.

Two people died in a crash at the intersection of State Highway 77/Waimarama Road and State Highway 72 in Methven on June 4.

They were 65-year-old Darrel Raymond Blair and 62-year-old Maria Charles Blair of Ashburton.

The woman who died in a separate crash on West Coast Road West Melton on June 2 has been identified as a local midwife.

She was Tai Tarulata Dixon, 41, a mother-of-two from Selwyn, who worked as a hospital-based midwife at Christchurch Women’s Hospital.

Canterbury District Health Board chief executive David Meates said his staff were “deeply saddened” by Dixon’s death.

“Her loss will be felt deeply throughout our midwifery community, and our thoughts are with her husband Scott, their two daughters and whanau.”

The driver of a second car believed to have been involved in the incident was taken to hospital in a critical condition.