Police are still seeking the driver of a car which fled from
a crash scene on the wrong side of the motorway early
yesterday morning, leaving behind an injured pregnant woman.
The woman was discharged from hospital yesterday with minor
Police said a silver Subaru spun out of control in the
city-bound lanes of the northwestern motorway, between
Lincoln Rd and Te Atatu, about 4am.
The Subaru and the pregnant woman's vehicle collided, causing
damage to the front and rear of her car.
Police said the Subaru then left the scene, driving in the
wrong direction on the motorway. It was last seen on CCTV
cameras leaving the motorway at Lincoln Rd.
An Auckland Hospital spokeswoman said the woman's injuries,
initially thought to have been serious, were minor and she
had been discharged from hospital yesterday.
If her unborn child had been affected she would not have been
discharged, the spokeswoman said.
Te Atatu Fire Station officer Geoff Gardner, who attended the
crash, said there had been serious concern for her wellbeing.
"The lady was status two [serious condition] and pregnant so
[the police] were fearful that the consequences could
He said the woman's husband arrived at the scene shortly
after emergency services and accompanied her to hospital.
Police said the serious crash unit and Waitemata CIB were
The incident was one of several serious crashes around the
country this weekend.
Two people were taken to hospital after a car crashed into a
shop on Cascades Rd in the Auckland suburb of Pakuranga about
On Saturday, a man died after his motorbike and a ute
collided in the Waikato town of Maramarua.
Police said the 31-year-old Auckland man died in hospital
from injuries sustained in the crash, at the intersection of
Kopuku Rd and Symes Rd.
Also on Saturday, one person was taken to hospital and
another two treated for injuries after a crash on State
Highway 1 near Kawakawa in Northland.
And an 18-year-old man died after the car he was in came of
Pariwai Rd in Thames about 4.25am on Saturday. Just hours
before, police had taken the car keys from a drunk driver
from the same car.
Another six people were injured in crashes on Friday,
including a 25-year-old woman who suffered life-threatening
injures when struck by a petrol tanker in Dunedin.
Toll on the roads
Sunday, 4am: A pregnant woman was injured in a crash on
Auckland's northwestern motorway.
Sunday, 2am: A car crashed into a shop in Pakuranga,
Auckland, injuring two.
Saturday, 3.50pm: A man died after his motorbike and a ute
collided in Maramarua, Waikato.
Saturday, 9.45am: Three people were injured in a crash near
Saturday, 4.25am: An 18-year-old man died in a crash in
Friday night: Four people were injured, one critically, in a
head-on collision in Waikato.
Friday, 8.25am: A a 25-year-old student was hit by a petrol
tanker in Dunedin.
Friday morning: An elderly woman was hit by a car while at an
ATM machine in Waihi.