Kaitaia crash teen still critical

A Kaitaia teenager remains in intensive care after the car he was driving while fleeing police crashed into a house in Kaitaia.

Nathan Rawiri, 18, is in the intensive care unit at Whangarei Hospital in a critical condition.

Rawiri allegedly refused to pull over when asked to by police and later lost control of the Toyota Altezza he was driving before smashing into a three-bedroom house in Griggs St, where five children were asleep.

The car went through a fence before ploughing into the house, which was moved off its foundations, about 1.30am on Saturday.

An 18-month-old, sleeping next to his siblings and cousins, suffered a gash to his head from flying glass. A fence pole flew through the window and landed next to where five children were sleeping.

Rawiri and a passenger sitting in the back seat behind him had to be cut free. Rawiri was taken to the Whangarei Hospital where he was still in a critical condition in the intensive care unit late yesterday.

- Mike Dinsdale of the Northern Advocate

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