Police at the scene of this morning's fatal crash on Dunedin's Southern Motorway. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
The two people killed when an unroadworthy car crashed at
high speed in Dunedin last night were brother and sister,
Police estimated the green stickered car, which should not
have been on the road, was travelling at 180kmh before the
The Honda Integra was heading south on the southern motorway
with five occupants about 3.15am when the driver lost control
while negotiating a slight right hand bend on State Highway 1
near Green Island. The car spun several times before striking
a light pole and a tree, police said.
The siblings from north Taieri - a male in his early twenties
and a female in her late teens - died at the scene.
Police Clutha/Taieri area response manager, Senior Sergeant
Alistair Dickie, said speed was a dominant factor in the
"The saying 'speed kills' was quite evident in this case
Intoxication, lack of restraints and the condition of the
vehicle were also key factors, he said.
"[The vehicle] had a turbocharger fitted to the motor and an
intercooler to give it more power, but there's no evidence of
it being certified.''
The vehicle was not up to Warrant of Fitness standard and had
been green stickered - meaning it had faults which needed to
to be repaired before being allowed back on the road, he
The police serious crash unit estimated the car was
travelling at 180kmh when the vehicle crashed.
"There were three girls in the back seat that were ejected
from the vehicle, one of them died and one is in a critical
condition in Dunedin Hospital.
"The other deceased was the front, left-hand passenger. He's
sustained injuries from inside the vehicle.''
The other passengers, a male in his 20s and a 16-year-old
female, suffered moderate to serious injuries and were also
at Dunedin Hospital.
Charges against the driver were being considered, Mr Dickie
‘‘We're still following an investigation but it's certainly
shaping up that charges will be laid.''
"Young people have just got to think about what they do when
they get in a car and they've got to think about the basic
rules because it certainly in some cases means the difference
between life and death.''
The names of the deceased would not be released until their
next of kin had been notified.
Anyone with any information about the crash were asked to
call Dunedin Police on 03 471 4800.
- by Brendan Manning