Manukau Courier : December 16th 2010
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Thursday, December 16, 2010 Driver, 13, killed in crash That's my moko: Police comfort the grieving grandmother of a 13-year-old boy killed in a Manurewa car crash yesterday. Photos: SIMON WATTS Crash scene: Police and forensic investigators look over the wrecked car with the dead 13-year-old's body still inside. By DAVID TAURANGA and KAREN MANGNALL A 13-YEAR-OLD boy is dead after the speeding car police believe he was driving skid- ded 100 metres down a Manurewa street and crashed through a fence yes- terday morning. Police say the dead boy who lived nearby was killed in the crash on Winsford St around 7am. He was identified at the crash scene by his mother. Three other young people in the car, one described by a witness as a teenage girl, fled the scene. They were all aged between 13 and 15. Constable Steve Shaskey of the serious crash unit says police believe the silver Subaru Legacy stationwagon might have been stolen because its ignition had been ripped out. Police were trying to con- tact the car's registered owner to find out if the four youngsters had permission to be driving it as this paper went to press yesterday. Mr Shaskey says the car was speeding towards Wordsworth Rd when the driver lost control on a bend. The car skidded down the street before ploughing through a wood and wire fence on the corner of Fairlight Place. It went through a resident's fence and as a result it spun around and hit another fence.'' The crash demolished about 20 metres of fence and the front of the car. The vehicle eventually came to rest across the other side of the road. Police say the entire crash scene covers nearly 100 metres. The boy has sustained injuries in the crash and died at the scene,'' Mr Shaskey says. Three others in the car all ran away.'' Crash investigators believe the dead boy was the driver but still had not confirmed that at press time yesterday. We think he was the driver. But there are a couple of things that don't gell quite right from where he was found,'' Mr Shaskey says. Senior sergeant Spencer Matthews says police caught up with two of the three teens who fled, but were still look- ing for the third at press time. The other two were not seriously injured, certainly not requiring hospitalis- ation,'' Mr Matthews says. Nearby residents who dialled 111 say they didn't see the crash but heard the bang. One man looked out his window to see the car had crashed through the fence. All these young people jumped out of the car and started running away,'' he says. A girl went to the driver's side, saw that they weren't moving and then ran away as well. They looked real young and real scared, freaked out.'' It's lucky children weren't walking to school along the street when the crash happened, he says. The street's used by heaps of cars'' as a rat run from Weymouth Rd. The slope means many of them pick up speed'' heading down Winsford. Police now want to hear from anyone who saw the car before the crash. Phone 261-1302.
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