2018 road toll rises to 382 after death of man in Nelson crash

The 2018 road toll has risen again.

It's the highest it has been since 2009 after a man injured in a car crash last month died in hospital on Sunday.

The 29-year-old, who died in Wellington Regional Hospital, is the second person to have died in the crash that happened in the early hours of Thursday December 20 on Whakatu Drive, Stoke, Nelson. 

A 25-year-old West Coast woman was killed in the crash after she was thrown from the vehicle after it reportedly lost control.

The man's death brings the 2018 road toll up to 382 - the highest it has been since 2009 when 384 people lost their lives on the roads. 

It's risen every year since 2013, when the toll was only 253. Last year, 378 lost their lives.

The figures are still well below historical levels - in the 1980s, more than 700 people lost their lives each year.

Newshub.