Driver charged after passenger fatally impaled

An Auckland teenage driver has appeared in court today charged with causing the death of a passenger who died after he was impaled on a metal rod.

Andrew Fausia faces two charges of driving while disqualified and reckless driving causing the death of David Sionepulu.

The unemployed 19-year-old entered no plea and was remanded to reappear in the Auckland District Court on February 14.

Justice of the Peace David Grove granted Fausia bail to a Glenn Innes address.

He stipulated multiple conditions on Fausia's bail including a 12 hour night-time curfew, not communicating or attempting to communicate with the dead passenger's family or two other witnesses.

He was also barred from drinking or associating with co-offenders.

Grove also issued an order for Fausia not use his passport or apply to travel.He was also given a fresh ban from driving.

David Sionepulu died on Ngapipi Rd early on Thursday when the car he was a passenger in crashed through a fence.

The 19-year-old was impaled through his torso by a steel rod.

- Lynley Bilby

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