Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Teenage journey "doomed from the start"

Police say teenage journey "doomed from the start" following serious car crash

Police say a serious car crash on Friday night that took place on a dark country highway, highlights the dangerous cocktail of youth, alcohol, and poor decision making.

After drinking in a local reserve off State Highway 16, south of Wellsford, a group of students aged between 15 to 17 years packed into a 1997 Toyota Corolla at about 11.00pm to head home. Seven teenagers got into the car designed for only five people; two had to sit in the boot of the hatchback vehicle.

The 17 year-old driver, who had no licence, soon lost control on a moderate bend and crossed the centre line before crashing off the road, into a ditch, which rolled the vehicle onto its roof.

The two teenagers who were sitting the boot were both thrown from the car and suffered life threatening injuries. They had to be flown out by rescue helicopters to hospital and remain in critical condition. Three other occupants suffered broken bones during the crash.

Inspector Mark Fergus, Waitematä Road Policing Manager, says "This was a journey that was doomed from the start. A young, unlicensed driver, in charge of a severely overloaded vehicle, on a dark country highway was never going to end well."

"Every teenager that got into that car made their own decision. Any one of them could have stopped the chain of events that lead to their friends being left with life-changing injuries, by deciding to not get in the car and insisting that they contact someone to come and get them" says Inspector Fergus.

"Any car ride where two passengers have to ride unrestrained in the boot should set off alarm bells. Add to that an unlicensed driver late at night, and any parent who received a call from their son or daughter would have come and taken them safely home. Sure, there might have been stern words in the morning, but that is far more preferable than the grief that such a crash has caused" he says.

The Waitematä Serious Crash unit is investigating the incident. It is too early to say whether charges will be laid, however alcohol is suspected as one of the factors involved.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news