Newspaper Article 2006 – Bikers rally for lost friend

Bikers rally for lost friend

Dressed in black leathers and astride shiny chrome, mourners said farewell to a woman who loved nothing more than riding her own motorbike with her husband.

Forty-five-year-old Gaelene Maree Ayre was killed in a horrific crash between several bikes and a four-wheel-drive Mitsubishi Pajero last Saturday afternoon.

About 30 bikes followed the white hearse carrying Mrs Ayre’s coffin as it drove along Maraekakako [Maraekakaho] Road before the funeral at St Peter’s Chapel on Gordon Road in Hastings yesterday morning.

Nine others, including Mrs Ayre’s husband Michael were admitted to Hawke’s Bay Hospital after the crash.  Three people are still in intensive care – two are in a critical condition and one in a serious condition – while the two have been moved into a ward.  The other four have been discharged.

Hastings police senior sergeant Mike O’Leary said inquiries into the accident were still being made.

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18 February 2006

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Hawke’s Bay Today


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  • Gaelene Maree Ayre
  • Michael Ayre
  • Sergeant Mike O'Leary

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