Tue, Dec 21, 2021 7:59 PM

Local man dies in Marlborough crash

The Nelson App understands local man Francis Monopoli has died in a motor vehicle incident Tuesday morning. Photo: supplied.

Staff Reporter

Nelson personality Francis Monopoli has died in a car accident in the Marlborough Sounds this morning, the Nelson App understands.

Francis was the owner of the New Street Steakhouse and Wakatu Hotel before that.

He was a staunch supporter and life member of the Marist Rugby Club.

The incident is believed to take place on Te Towaka- Port Ligar Rd, Marlborough around 8.30 Tuesday morning.

The Marist Rugby Club posted a tribute on its Facebook page this evening hailing Francis as an “exceptional man”.