News from NZ Police
The driver of a stolen vehicle that crashed near Katikati yesterday evening was an 18-year-old man from Huntly.
He was killed when the Hyundai Accent he was driving collided with a Nissan Bluebird travelling in the opposite direction. The driver of the Nissan, a 54-year-old man from Waihi, is in Tauranga Hospital in a stable condition with moderate injuries.
An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway and the Independent Police Conduct Authority is being notified, which is a matter of course when Police have been following a vehicle prior to a crash.
State Highway 2 re-opened at approximately 9pm.
Police still want to hear from any witnesses to the crash or to the manner of driving of the green Hyundai Accent vehicle prior to the crash. Anyone with information relevant to this investigation is asked to contact Tauranga Police on 07 577 4300.
News from NZ Police – November 12
An investigation is underway following a fatal crash near Katikati at about 5pm this evening. A stolen vehicle was seen in the Waihi area and was followed in a line of traffic into to the Bay of Plenty District by Police who alerted staff across the border.
Early indications are that the Police continued to follow the vehicle in a line of traffic when it suddenly sped away out of sight of police and crashed almost immediately into a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction on State Highway Two near Lindemann Road.
The male driver and sole occupant of the stolen vehicle died at the scene. The male driver and sole occupant of the other vehicle was taken to hospital. His condition is unknown at this stage but is believed to be serious.
District Commander for Bay of Plenty District Police, Superintendent Glenn Dunbier, said: “It’s very early into the investigation so full details are still to be ascertained. The Independent Police Conduct Authority has been notified as a matter of course and we will ensure that there is a thorough and independent investigation into the circumstances that led to this tragedy.”