Man named following fatal crash near Opotiki

Police have named the man who died in a crash on State Highway 2 in Waiotahe near Opotiki.

He was 44-year-old Craig William Heays of Tauranga.

Mr Heays died when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a river near Toone and Ruatuna roads on Monday.

Police are extending their condolences to Mr Heay’s family and loved ones.

Malcolm Mathers, a friend of 34 years, has told Fairfax that the news of Craig's death has devastated residents of his small beach town and fellow truck drivers.

Enquiries into the cause of the crash are continuing.

Sam Gardner