A man who died in a car crash in the early hours of this
morning has been named by police.
The death of Sandy Paul Waenga Brown, 21, from Paua, takes
the holiday road toll to one after the Far North crash at
Two women were injured in the smash, which took place on
State Highway 1 near Paua Station at Te Kao, and have been
taken to hospital.
The 21-year-old driver was airlifted to Whangarei Hospital by
helicopter with serious injuries, while a 33-year-old
passenger was transferred to Kaitaia Hospital with minor
The trio were travelling north on SH1 when the driver lost
control around a moderate bend, going into a slide and
hitting a bank, police said. The Toyota Hilux rolled,
throwing the front seat passenger from the vehicle.
Ambulance officers attended the scene but were unable to
revive Mr Brown.
The official holiday road toll period started at 4pm
yesterday and will finish at 6am on January 3.