Teen crashes fam­ily bar­be­cue

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

A Ki­hik­ihi fam­ily is in shock after a 15-year-old driver crashed a stolen ve­hi­cle into their prop­erty on Oliver St.

The fam­ily was en­joy­ing a warm Satur­day evening out­side and get­ting ready for a BBQ din­ner.

The teen had stolen his grandma’s car while she was away.

He drove through a give way sign, hit an­other ve­hi­cle, went through a con­crete wall, over a re­tain­ing wall and into a car port where par­ents and chil­dren were so­cial­is­ing.

The driver was ap­pre­hended and re­ferred to Youth Aid.

The fam­ily spoke to the Te Awa­mutu Courier, but did not want to be iden­ti­fied.

A cou­ple and their son and baby were en­ter­tain­ing the mother’s par­ents when the event un­folded.

“We could see it was go­ing to be bad when the ve­hi­cles crashed,” said mum.

“It was re­ally quick and fright­en­ing. We all scat­tered.”

Her fa­ther pushed her son out of the way and jumped for safety.

She fell to the ground with her baby cra­dled in her arms. The car came to a stop above her.

She says her mother had her back against a wall and one foot on the car bon­nett — ‘like she could push it away’.

No-one was se­ri­ously hurt, although the mum does have back mus­cle da­m­age which she is hop­ing to re­cover from.

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