Moments before three Mongrel Mob members plunged to their deaths in the Mohaka River they had been dicing on the road with another car, but everyone has clammed up about it.
Police say they believe a blue car was involved in the incident that killed the Hawke’s Bay gang members (file video).
Source: 1 NEWS
Coroner Chris Devonport has released his findings into the deaths of the three men in November last year on their way to the mob's 50th anniversary celebrations in Hastings.
The driver Ronald Rigby, 53, Nathan Isaac, 29, Terry Stone, 31, were killed when their Honda Inspire vaulted a roadside barrier and crashed down an 125m bank into the Mohaka River near Raupunga in northern Hawke's Bay.
A fourth man, Anthony Atikinson, who was the only one wearing a seatbelt, survived.
The findings reveal there was paint transfer between their car and a Honda Prelude. Police say Mr Rigby crossed the centreline as he tried to stop the Prelude overtaking.
The driver of the Prelude braked before hitting the roadside barrier but the Inspire vaulted it and crashed into the river.
The Prelude was later found but police couldn't discover who was driving and anyone who was in the vehicle was refusing to speak.
Mr Atkinson also maintained Mr Rigby simply lost control and there were no other cars around at the time.
Mr Rigby had methamphetamine in his system and the coroner noted the research said that may impair driving skills.