Two-minute chase ends in fa­tal crash

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A Levin man has been charged with reck­less driv­ing caus­ing death af­ter a crash last month in Kenepuru Drive.

Po­lice said the 42-year-old was the driver of the car in which a 21-year-old woman died on May 21.

The man was re­manded in cus­tody un­til June 14, al­though he can ap­ply for bail ear­lier.

The man and the woman have name sup­pres­sion.

Po­lice said the driver had been sig­nalled to pull over for a rou­tine check but drove away.

Af­ter a chase of about two min­utes around cen­tral Porirua, the car crashed through a fence in Kenepuru Drive and into a po­hutukawa tree at the In­sti­tute of En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Re­search.

Both oc­cu­pants were cut from the car, and the woman died from her in­juries.

A for­mer em­ployer of the de­ceased said she ‘‘felt sorry’’ for the young woman for the way she had died.

She had worked as a sta­ble­hand in Waikato and loved horses.

Her for­mer em­ployer said the woman had once or­gan­ised a flower bed to be made for a cou­ple at the sta­bles who had gone away on hol­i­day, as a sur­prise for their re­turn.

‘‘She had a re­ally good heart,’’ she said.

Porirua res­i­dent Lee Ahkiong de­scribed how, be­fore the crash, she screamed in ter­ror as the car whipped by the ve­hi­cle she was in, nar­rowly miss­ing a head-on col­li­sion.

She said the car she, her sis­ter-in-law, and neph­ews were in was al­most hit by a white car as it sped away from po­lice down Kenepuru Drive.

They were trav­el­ling north around the bend from McDon­ald’s and could see a po­lice car with its lights flash­ing ahead, com­ing across the over­bridge that con­nects Porirua cen­tral to the city’s east.

Sec­onds later a white car ahead of the po­lice was com­ing right at them, Ahkiong said. She es­ti­mated it was go­ing about 100kmh.

‘‘It was like three sec­onds later and he was right there. That’s how quick it was.

‘‘His car was speed­ing at us – he just missed us. He was swerv­ing. It was pretty close.’’

Po­lice and the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice Con­duct Au­thor­ity are in­quir­ing into the crash.

PHOTO: ROSS GIBLIN

The site of a fa­tal car crash in Kenepuru Drive.

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