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Police were called after a car crashed into a barrier in Ravensbourne Rd, between Parry St East and Tekapo St, about 10.30pm on Wednesday.
Flowers had been placed at the scene, which yesterday remained cordoned off by police tape.
Senior Sergeant Nik Leigh said a 30-year-old man, the sole occupant of the vehicle, was a Ravensbourne resident.
The crash investigation was still in its early stages, but it appeared speed was a factor and the driver had lost control on a corner, he said.
It drew comparisons to the crash that killed Grason Veitch (18) in Ravensbourne Rd last September.
"It’s another young driver going too quick and failing to take a corner," Snr Sgt Leigh said.
A serious crash unit investigator had attended from Invercargill.