Crash girl fight­ing for life

Sunday Mail - - NEWS -

A TEENAGE girl is still fight­ing for life af­ter she crashed a stolen car at Old Noar­lunga, while her pas­sen­ger – who es­caped the hor­rific smash vir­tu­ally un­scathed – has been charged.

Po­lice said they spot­ted a stolen ve­hi­cle speed­ing more than 30km/h over the limit on Main South Rd at Hack­ham, just be­fore 5am Fri­day.

Of­fi­cers pur­sued the car and its two oc­cu­pants – an Oak­lands Park girl, 17, and a Brompton man, 24, – but it crashed into a re­tain­ing wall a short time later on Seaford Rd.

The girl was taken to Flin­ders Med­i­cal Cen­tre with a se­vere head in­jury and mul­ti­ple bro­ken bones. Doc­tors op­er­ated on her yes­ter­day and the Sun­day Mail un­der­stands more surgery will be needed.

The teenager’s adop­tive mother said she didn’t blame po­lice for chas­ing the car.

“I’m not putting any­one at fault apart from the peo­ple in the car that were driv­ing that made the mis­take,” Crys­tal Rochester told Seven News. “But at the time you know she is un­der­age and it prob­a­bly scared her a bit, but yeah, I do be­lieve the po­lice were do­ing their job.”

The man was charged with breach­ing home de­ten­tion bail and theft of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

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