A teenage passenger killed when the car he was in slammed
into a steel fence in Auckland overnight has been named.
David Sionepulu, 19, of Panmure, was a front-seat passenger
in the car that crashed on Ngapipi Rd in Orakei at 2.20am.
The vehicle flattened rods in the steel fence and tore
through wire mesh and a hedge, narrowly missing a nearby
Following the crash the male driver fled the scene and was
still to be identified and located said police, who attended
the scene with fire and ambulance.
Mr Sionepulu was the owner of the car.
It was the second crash in the same area overnight.
Two middle-aged men were in a critical condition in Auckland
Hospital after a crash on Tamaki Drive at 12.30am in which a
car hit trees at Okahu Bay.
The driver was a Glen Innes resident and the other man was a
front seat passenger.
It was likely speed and alcohol were involved in both
crashes, which were "entirely preventable", said Auckland
City District Road Policing Manager Inspector Gavin
"It's frustrating for police and the public that some drivers
continue to ignore the proliferation of messages and warnings
about the dangers of driving too quickly and/or drinking and
driving. As long as people continue to do this, families will
be torn apart by road fatalities and long term injuries," he
Ngapipi Rd and Tamaki Dr were reopened about 6.30am.
Police urged the driver of the car involved in the fatal
crash to contact police immediately.
The fatal crash came a day after one in Hamilton in which a
17-year-old male driver was killed when he was thrown from
the stolen car he was driving.
A 14-year-old who was "partially restrained" in the front
passenger seat, suffered critical leg injuries and a
15-year-old girl, who was in the rear and wearing a seatbelt,
walked away from the crash.