One dead, two injured following crash in Taneatua
One person was killed and two people injured following a crash in Taneatua on Saturday night.
The driver died at the scene after the vehicle lost control on a bend, left the road and struck a large tree.
“About 11pm yesterday a pursuit was initiated when the driver of a Mazda Familia vehicle failed to stop for Police in Whakatane,” says Bay of Plenty Road Policing Manager Inspector Brent Crowe.
“Within one minute, officers in pursuit determined the vehicle’s excessive speed posed too great a risk to its occupants and the public and abandoned the pursuit.
“Approximately four minutes later Police located the vehicle on Taneatua Road, about 6.5km south of the point of abandonment.”
Initial enquiries by Police indicated the vehicle lost control on a sweeping righthand bend, left the road at speed, become airborne and struck a large tree.
The 27-year-old male driver died at the scene.
A second person, the back seat passenger, was taken to Waikato Hospital with critical injuries.
A front seat passenger sustained minor injuries.
The Serious Crash Unit attended, with the road reopening at around 3.30am today.
“While Police were not pursuing the vehicle when it crashed, the circumstances surrounding both the pursuit and the crash will be thoroughly investigated and the Independent Police Conduct Authority notified,” says Inspector Brent Crowe.
No further detail will be released until all next-of-kin have been notified.