Gisborne man killed in crash, another critically injured

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THE young man who died in a van crash in Awamate Road at Frasertown, near Wairoa, on Sunday night was from Gisborne. Four other men in the vehicle are also understood to be from Gisborne.

Police allege it had failed to stop for a patrol a few minutes earlier, when it was seen speeding.

A 22-year-old man, whose name has not yet been released, died when the van rolled. Another man aged in his late 20s remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

He was transferred from Hawke’s Bay Hospital in Hastings to Middlemore Hospital in Auckland yesterday for further treatment.

Two of the other three men suffered minor injuries and were treated and discharged from Wairoa Hospital.

“Prior to the crash, at 7.27pm on Sunday night, police observed a van speeding and signalled to the driver to stop,” said area police commander Inspector Sam Aberahama.

“The driver failed to stop and the van fled. Police abandoned the pursuit and lost sight of the vehicle,” he said.

“Shortly afterwards, at 7.38pm, police received a report that a van had crashed on Awamate Road. We have since established that vehicle was the same one in the pursuit just minutes earlier.”

Inspector Aberahama said the pursuit had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Authority.

“We are not yet in a position to release the name of the man who died in the crash. We will not be able to do that until we hear back from the family that all their whanau have been advised.”

The Gisborne serious crash unit has an investigation under way to establish the full circumstances.

THE young man who died in a van crash in Awamate Road at Frasertown, near Wairoa, on Sunday night was from Gisborne. Four other men in the vehicle are also understood to be from Gisborne.

Police allege it had failed to stop for a patrol a few minutes earlier, when it was seen speeding.

A 22-year-old man, whose name has not yet been released, died when the van rolled. Another man aged in his late 20s remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

He was transferred from Hawke’s Bay Hospital in Hastings to Middlemore Hospital in Auckland yesterday for further treatment.

Two of the other three men suffered minor injuries and were treated and discharged from Wairoa Hospital.

“Prior to the crash, at 7.27pm on Sunday night, police observed a van speeding and signalled to the driver to stop,” said area police commander Inspector Sam Aberahama.

“The driver failed to stop and the van fled. Police abandoned the pursuit and lost sight of the vehicle,” he said.

“Shortly afterwards, at 7.38pm, police received a report that a van had crashed on Awamate Road. We have since established that vehicle was the same one in the pursuit just minutes earlier.”

Inspector Aberahama said the pursuit had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Authority.

“We are not yet in a position to release the name of the man who died in the crash. We will not be able to do that until we hear back from the family that all their whanau have been advised.”

The Gisborne serious crash unit has an investigation under way to establish the full circumstances.

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