DAVID WALKER / STUFF
Taranaki's road toll for 2019 now equals the total number of people killed for all of 2018, which was the highest since 2009.
Taranaki roads in 2019 following a crash in the south of the region on Sunday.
Emergency services were alerted to the collision between a car and motorcycle on Wiremu Rd, Te Kiri, at 2.25pm.
It was one of three crashes involving cars and motorcycles within a 24-hour period.
The rider died on the side of the road, which was closed while police, firefighters and St John paramedics worked.
With more than two months to go, Taranaki's road toll for 2019 now equals the total number of people killed for all of 2018, which was the highest since 2009.
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Senior Sergeant Matt Prendergast confirmed that a person had died in the crash.
Prendergast said the death was a timely reminder for motorists.
"Be patient, take regular breaks if you're driving long distances, stick to the speed limit, watch your following distances and don't drink and drive."
He said there would be more traffic.
The fatal crash is being investigated by the police Serious Crash Unit.
About an hour earlier, two people were injured in a crash between a car and a motorcycle on Broadway in Stratford.
A police spokesman said the motorcyclist was carrying a pillion.
Both were taken to Taranaki Base Hospital by St John ambulance.
Meanwhile about 4.55pm on Saturday, another motorcyclist was seriously injured after a collision with a car.
Traffic detours were in place for about 20 minutes while the emergency services worked at the scene on High St in Waitara.
The injured rider was taken to the hospital in a serious condition.
The long weekend had got off to a bad start when a driver rolled their car on SH3A in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Police were called to the scene about 2.35am.
A van driver had a lucky escape.
Emergency services were called to the crash on State Highway 45 about 7.15pm.
A police spokeswoman said the male driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was not injured when he lost control of the vehicle.
Police inquiries into all of the crashes are ongoing.