Police at the scene in Otara where a teenager was killed
when the stolen car he was driving slammed into a house.
Photo NZ Herald
A young man ran to the aid of three teenagers who crashed
into a house in south Auckland this morning, but was unable to
save the driver.
The 16-year-old driver is thought to have died on impact with
the house in Otara, while his teen passengers have now been
taken to Middlemore Hospital in serious but stable
The crash took place around 4.20am on the corner of Franklyne
Road and Alexander Crescent, and part of the house collapsed
onto the car.
Katai Liu, 18, lives opposite the house the car smashed into
and was woken by the sound of the stolen Subaru's roaring
"I looked out the window and saw the car hit into the
house,'' he said.
His sister rang emergency services while he ran to help the
"One of the passengers came out screaming for help. He said
'There's gasoline', and I went to the house to get a bucket
of water and tip it over the car.
"I managed to pull the other passenger, not right out of the
car, but to safety, so the ambulance people's job would be
easier for them to carry him out of the car.''
Mr Liu described the situation as "scary'' and said it's the
first time in the six years he's lived in the neighbourhood
that he's seen anything like this happen.
He said the deceased boy had been two years below him in
school, and while he didn't know him very well described him
as a nice guy who was ``easy to get on with''.
"I just wish I could have done more for [him],'' Mr Liu said.
Police said the Subaru had been stolen, but police were not
in pursuit at the time. It was not yet known if alcohol was a
factor in the crash.
Police said the boy's name would not be released until next
of kin were notified.
Emergency services were still working to extract the vehicle
from the house.
Fire Service northern communications shift manager Jaron
Phillips said the house was searched and at least two people
were found to be trapped in the vehicle.
One was removed and treated by ambulance staff while the body
of the driver remained in the car.
"The car's gone into the house, actually under the house, and
then the house has come down on top of the car,'' Mr Phillips
"The body of the driver is still in the vehicle, and the car
will actually have to be pulled out from under the house.
We're just looking at equipment in terms of being able to
remove the car.''
Mr Phillips said firefighters had stabilised the badly
damaged house with timber cribbing.
Both roads have been closed and the police serious crash unit
It was the second of three fatal crashes today, with two
people killed in crashes in Warkworth and Whangarei this
A man in his 20s was killed in a collision with a tree south
Police said the car's sole occupant died at the scene on
State Highway 1, near Valerie Close, about 3am.
Firefighters searched the area to make sure no one else had
been thrown from the car in the crash.
Police said the cause of the crash was unknown and the
Waitemata police serious crash unit was investigating.
The investigation would take at least several weeks to
complete and would consider all possible factors including
speed, alcohol and weather conditions.
SH1 was closed in both directions for several hours, with
diversions along SH16, but has since reopened.
However, the highway has been closed further north after a
fatal crash in Whangarei later this morning.
Police said two cars collided on the Western Hills Drive
stretch of SH1 in Kensington about 7.40am.
Northland police spokeswoman Sarah Kennett said one person
died in the crash.
A second person was believed to have suffered minor injuries.
Diversions were in place at Percy St and Kensington Ave, with
traffic being diverted onto Kamo Rd.
- By Patrice Dougan and Matthew Backhouse of