Fatal high-speed pursuit
A man and a woman in their 20s died after a high-speed police chase ended in tragedy in central Auckland.
Sharina Storm Meuli, 25, and Connor Talaimanu, 29 were passengers in a silver VW Golf which was carrying five people in the early hours of October 23.
The car slammed into a tree as they attempted to flee police in the suburb of Morningside. The three others in the crash, including the 22-year-old male driver, were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Detective Inspector Scott Beard said the incident happened after the car was caught doing 130kmh in a 80kmh zone along the Northwestern Motorway just after 1am on October 23. The driver failed to pull over after police signalled him to do so, and a pursuit ensued.
The car exited the motorway at the St Lukes turn-off, and took a left along St Lukes Rd into the suburb of Morningside.
About 500 metres down the road, the driver attempted to overtake car but instead mounted the curb, barrelled along the grass before slamming into one of the many trees along the verge.
Beard said the police car was about 300m behind the fleeing vehicle when the crash happened.
Meuli died at the scene while Talaimanu died at Auckland Hospital, Beard said.
The crash claimed two lives after a police pursuit turned fatal.