Teens remain critical after BOP crashes

Two teens hit on Bay of Plenty roads over the weekend remain in critical conditions at Waikato Hospital.

A 17-year-old mother and a 16-year-old pedestrian, who were hit in separate incidents, continue to fight for their lives in the hospital's intensive care unit.

The 17-year-old was hit by a car allegedly driven by her partner after attending a birthday party early on Saturday morning.

On Monday, the woman's 19-year-old partner appeared in the Rotorua District Court charged with driving with excess breath alcohol, careless driving causing injury and driving while suspended.

He entered no plea and was remanded on bail on condition that he does not drive a vehicle and does not consume alcohol or drugs.

The 16-year-old, who was struck by a bus carrying tourists on Old Taupo Road late Saturday morning, suffered serious head injuries from the incident, police said.

- By Heather McCracken of APNZ

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