Man charged in relation to Kaipara crash

Press Release – New Zealand Police

“Man charged in relation to Kaipara crash”

Attributable to Detective Sergeant David Hamilton:

A man is due in North Shore District Court tomorrow in relation to a crash which killed two people in Kaipara District last night.

Two people died as a result of the crash on SH 1 at Topuni shortly before 8:50pm yesterday.

The driver of the offending vehicle continued south towards Auckland.

As a result of further inquiries, this vehicle was located just north of Auckland, where Police spoke with the driver and another occupant.

There was no fleeing driver incident initiated.

The 19-year-old male driver is facing two charges of driving with excess breath alcohol causing death.

Further charges are possible, and inquiries into the crash are ongoing.

Two other people injured in the crash remain in a stable condition, in Starship and Auckland Hospitals.

As part of our ongoing investigation, we are appealing for witnesses to the crash.

The arrested man was driving a silver-coloured four-door sedan, heading southbound.

Police are keen to hear from members of the public who were driving on SH 1 yesterday evening, particularly in the Maungaturoto and Kaiwaka areas, who saw this vehicle prior to the crash.

If you can help, please contact Whangarei Police on (09) 430 4500.


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