House crash driver still on run

Last updated 08:13 31/01/2013

Crunch: A car smashes through the fence of a Paraparaumu property, stopping against a house.

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Police are still seeking the driver of a car, who fled after crashing into a fence in Paraparaumu on Saturday night.

A female passenger was seriously injured and trapped in the car after the crash at about 9.30pm.

Senior Sergeant Alasdair Macmillan said a silver Toyota appeared to have been driving west on Guildford Dr, when it failed to take a bend.

The car clipped a lamp post before ploughing through a fence, coming to rest up against a Beachwater Gr house.

A house window was smashed.

A police dog was called to track the driver, but was unsuccessful.

Two fire engines, two ambulances and several police cars were on the scene as the female passenger, in her 20s, was freed from the car.

Paraparaumu Fire Brigade station officer Gary Johnstone said firefighters thought they would need to cut the woman out of the car, but it was not necessary.

"We then basically cordoned off an area where the car had struck the power pole."

The woman was flown to Wellington Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Meanwhile, earlier on Saturday, a 39-year-old Te Horo woman was flown to hospital after a head-on crash on Te Horo Beach Rd.

Constable Jim Dunlop said the woman suffered leg injuries and was taken to Palmerston North Hospital.

"Two cars have come around the corner, and basically hit each other head-on," Mr Dunlop said.

"Once I've talked to the drivers I'll have a better idea of what's happened."

The driver of the other car, a man in his 50s from Dubai, was taken by ambulance to the Emergency Medical Centre in Paraparaumu.

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