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Teen dies in Orakei crash

Last updated 05:00 13/02/2013

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A man has appeared in court for allegedly causing a fatal accident in Ngapipi Rd, Orakei, early on Thursday morning.

Andrew Fausia, 19, appeared at the Auckland District Court where he faced charges of operating a vehicle carelessly causing death and driving while disqualified.

The fatal crash at around 2.30am on Thursday killed passenger David Sionepulu.

Inspector Willie Taylor said it appeared the car had come to a rest in the driveway of a house after becoming airborne, hitting trees and a fence.

Mr Sionepulu was impaled on a fence.

A taxi driver and his passengers, who witnessed the accident, saw the driver of the crashed car "run off down the road", Mr Taylor says.

Mr Fausia, who is unemployed, was supported by his tearful parents in court. He has been bailed to a Glen Innes address until he reappears in court.

In a separate incident, two middle-aged men, one from Glen Innes, were critically injured in a separate accident about 11.40pm on Thursday night, when the car they were travelling in crashed into trees at Okahu Bay.

The driver has since died.

Auckland City road policing manager Inspector Gavin Macdonald says it was likely speed and alcohol played a part in both crashes.

"It's frustrating for police and the public that some drivers continue to ignore the proliferation of messages and warnings about the dangers of driving too quickly and/or drinking and driving."

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- East And Bays Courier

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