Copycat crash in Raglan

Copycat crash in Raglan

Waikato

Up to six teenagers ran off from a car crash in Raglan last night that closely resembled the fatal crash in Hamilton on Friday night.

The crash occurred at 9.45pm last night on Wainui Rd in the Raglan township. The area is a 50km/h zone. Witnesses have told police the car was travelling well in excess of that and at least six teenagers ran from the car after it crashed into a concrete power pole.

Police believe it may have been racing another car.

The crash occurred on Wainui Rd between the town’s fire station and a one-lane bridge, between Stewart and Whitley Sts. The snapped power pole prevented the car continuing over a three-metre bank into the sea.

The 18-year-old driver was the only occupant who stayed at the crash scene. He was treated by ambulance staff there for minor injuries. He is due to appear in the Hamilton District Court in the next fortnight on charges of driving with excess breath alcohol.

The crash brought down power lines across the road and they also fell across the car. Police say the car was unroadworthy with several bald tyres.

Residents alerted emergency services to the crash and the Fire Service was first on the scene.