Two more people charged with manslaughter after crash which killed two sisters

News from NZ Police
Tauranga Police investigating the double fatality at Welcome Bay on Christmas Day have made two further arrests. A 17-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman from Tauranga have both been charged with two counts of manslaughter.

Both will appear in the Tauranga District Court on Saturday. Police will make no further comment as the matter is before the Courts

News from NZ Police – December 29
Tauranga Police investigating the double fatality at Welcome Bay on Christmas Day, in which two teenage sisters were killed, arrested a 20-year-old man on Tuesday. The man appeared in Tauranga District Court yesterday, charged with two counts of manslaughter.

The man, who is from Auckland, was interviewed by Police after he was discharged from hospital in Tauranga.

Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner says that police still want to speak with any member of the public who may have observed the activities of three vehicles – a maroon Honda, a black Mitsubishi Lancer and another Honda coloured blue – on Orion Drive, Waikite Road and Welcome Bay Road between 3.30pm and 4.30pm on Christmas Day.

Detective Senior Sergeant Turner also confirms the identities of the deceased as Merepeka Morehu Clark, aged 14 and her sister Brooklyn Morehu Clark aged 13.

Any person with information can contact the Tauranga Police on 07 577 4300.

News from NZ Police – Boxing Day
Two teenage sisters died in a crash in Welcome Bay Road, Welcome Bay, Tauranga at 4.20 pm on Christmas afternoon.

Two vehicles were involved in the crash. One vehicle rolled.

The two sisters who were killed were aged 13 and 14.

Welcome Bay Road was closed between Waitao Road and Kairua Road while police examined the scene.

Detectives investigating the double fatality are seeking the assistance of the public to complete the picture of events that lead to the deaths of the sisters from Tauranga.

Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner said police are particularly interested in speaking to any member of the public who may have observed the activities of three motor vehicles, a maroon Honda, a black Mitsubishi Lancer and another Honda coloured blue, in the Welcome Bay Area and on Welcome Bay Road between 3.30pm and 4.30 pm on Christmas Day.

The Detective Senior Sergeant emphasised that it is too early to say what if any involvement these vehicles had in the accident.

Any person with information can contact the Tauranga Police on 07 5774300.

 

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