Hubbard is dead

I suppose it is one way to avoid prosecution for fraud.

Embattled Timaru financier Allan Hubbard died yesterday after a serious crash north of Oamaru.

Mr Hubbard’s wife Jean, 82, who was driving their car when it collided head-on with a four-wheel-drive utility towing a trailer, was also in Dunedin Hospital with what police described as “fracture injuries”.

The crash happened on State Highway 1 at Richmond at about 1pm yesterday.

Mr Hubbard, 83, was understood to have suffered life-threatening injuries, but died on his way to hospital.

However, the hospital issued a statement last night saying the Hubbard family had asked for privacy and it would not be making any “patient status updates”.

“The family will not be making any comments to the media and ask that their wishes please be respected during this time.”

A police communications spokesman said the 40-year-old driver of the utility, Andrew John Earl, of Nelson, was assessed by doctors and discharged from hospital with cuts.

Mr Hubbard suffered multiple injuries and was flown by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital, police said.

His wife suffered fracture injuries and was taken to Dunedin Hospital by ambulance.

I wonder if the statutory managers will cough the dough for the funeral.