Fa­tal high-speed pur­suit

Western Leader - - EDUCATION - STUFF

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.

STUFF

The crash claimed two lives af­ter a po­lice pur­suit turned fa­tal.

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