A 16-year-old driving without a licence died and two people
were injured in a head-on crash near Pahiatua late last
Police said the cars crashed about 11.35pm on State Highway
2, Mangamutu, 5km south of Pahiatua.
A Ford Falcon stationwagon crossed the centre line, colliding
head-on with a Mazda.
The 16-year old unlicensed driver of the Ford died at the
A preliminary examination indicated driver inexperience,
alcohol, and the condition of the Ford motor vehicle
contributed to the crash, police said.
The female driver of the Mazda was in a serious condition and
the male passenger of the Ford was in a moderate condition.
Both were taken to Palmerston North Hospital.
The name of the dead teen would not be released until next of
kin had been told.