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Human Interest - Local
Written by Kristin Edge, The Northern Advocate   
Wednesday, 05 August 2009

Police serious crash investigator Warren Bunn with a selection of tyres, including a snow tyre, centre. Picture/John Stone

A coroner has called for a ban on snow tyres fitted to imported Japanese cars after an inquest was told they contributed to the death of 52-year-old Northland man Iain Craig Connell.

Mr Connell lost control of his car on a wet road and he drowned after the car plunged into the Ngunguru river.

An experienced fatal crash analyst said if snow tyres - which are legal but known to provide less grip on a wet road - had not been on the rear of the Japanese import Nissan Avenir station wagon, the death could have been avoided.

Mr Connell, a chef, had been travelling towards Ngunguru on February 14 to help a friend in his new cafe, when he lost control of the car on a corner and careered into the river near Scow Landing.

Mr Connell's partner of three years Robbie Pim backed the coroner's call to ban the tyres, describing them as "killers".

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