Two-minute chase ends in fatal crash
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.
The site of a fatal car crash in Kenepuru Drive.