Pioneer Highway tragedy: Police yet to lay charges

Police have released more details about a fatal crash in Palmerston North between a motorbike and a group of people on a shared cycle/pathway.

A two-year-old died from serious injuries when the motorcyclist ploughed into a family of five around 7pm on Friday. They were riding bikes on the route along a shared cycling and pedestrian track on Pioneer Highway.

Two other people were injured.

"We are satisfied we have identified all of the parties involved and we expect to speak with them in the coming days," said Det Snr Sgt Craig Sheridan.

No one has been charged yet. 

Cycle Action Network spokesperson Patrick Morgan told RNZ poor planning was partly to blame for the tragedy.

"Unfortunately, we're seeing some cities instead of building proper protected cycleways, they're deciding to designate footpaths as shared paths and in general that's not a good solution."

Bollards might have prevented it too by preventing motor vehicles from using the path.

Police said an update would be provided later this week.