Summit Rd crash: One sister dead another fighting for her life

Tayla Alexander, 17, died in a crash on Wednesday night in Christchurch. Photo: Facebook
Tayla Alexander, 17, died in a crash on Wednesday night in Christchurch. Photo: Facebook
The father of two teenage sisters involved in a fiery car crash near Christchurch last week says he is living every parent's worst nightmare.

Mr Alexander is heading home to Ashburton for his daughter's funeral - before returning to Auckland where his younger daughter is still fighting for her life.

Tayla Alexander, 17, died when the car she was in went off the road on Summit Rd, on Christchurch's Port Hills, about 11pm on Wednesday night.

The car crashed and caught fire. Tayla died at the scene.

Now her younger sister is fighting to stay alive after suffering critical injuries, including serious burns, in the crash.

Mr Alexander has taken to social media to quell rumours that have been circulating about the circumstances of the accident.

"There was no other car involved. They weren't boy racing. It's just a tragic accident that has completely destroyed me.

"It destroys me more when I read and hear of rumours that are not true. Please respect my grieving and my family and friends grieving.

"These two girls were my life - my daughters and my best friends."

Passing motorists tried to free the crash victims.
Passing motorists tried to free the crash victims.
Mr Alexander said his older daughter had suffered impact damage to her head and it was thought she died quickly as a result.

"The other child in critical care is also my baby girl. She was trapped in the car and has had very bad burns.

"She is now in Auckland [City] Hospital undergoing surgery.

"She is in a very bad way and has a 10 per cent chance of surviving, but she is fighting really hard and isn't giving up."

He said his daughter had endured a long day on Friday and had come through it. She was due to have another operation on Monday.

A doctor told him at one point that they were walking on a tightrope blindfolded.

"But because of the situation and the loss of Tayla, they are willing to go beyond what they normally would be doing, just to give us all that chance of seeing her again.

"She is still in a very bad way. The easiest way to put it is if she makes it through [the night], then that's amazing. If she makes it through [today's] surgery, then that's a miracle," he said.

"She has a lot of injuries and, unfortunately, because of the massive burns she has - a lot of the injuries she is suffering cannot be treated now because it will most certainly cause infection.

"She has no skin to protect her from infection forming."

It is understood at least two other teenagers were in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Police are still investigating the circumstances of the crash.






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