Teen dies after crash

REMEMBERED: Friends of the teen gathered at the site of the crash.
REMEMBERED: Friends of the teen gathered at the site of the crash.

Friends and family of a teenager killed at a busy Palmerston North intersection are mourning a young man who "got along with everyone".

He was Freyberg High School student Harley Vivian-Fletcher.

Flowers have this afternoon been erected on a signpost beside the intersection of Featherston St and Rangitikei St where Vivian-Fletcher was thrown from his scooter after a collision with a 4WD just after 10pm yesterday.

MOURNED: Harley Vivian-Fletcher.
MOURNED: Harley Vivian-Fletcher.

Bystanders desperately tried to save the life of the 16-year-old, whose name was formally released by police this afternoon.

Friend Lincoln Isaiah said the Vivian-Fletcher was a "cheeky" and "happy" guy who was about to begin his final year of high school.

"He got along with everyone, no one had anything bad to say about him."

He loved wearing branded clothing, eating food and playing computer games, he said.

A police central communications spokesman said the serious crash unit was investigating but speed and alcohol were not thought to be factors in the crash.

Station officer for Milson Fire Station in Palmerston North Kerry Williams said members of the public were already performing CPR on the teen before emergency services got to the scene.

"Some bystanders were doing a good job when we arrived," he said.

The victim had not been pinned under the vehicle, he said.

Fire fighters assisted St John with resuscitation attempts before loading the youth into an ambulance.

In April, 2009, a Palmerston North Boys' High School was knocked off of his scooter at the same intersection while riding to school.

The 17-year-old was taken by St John to Palmerston North Hospital with scrapes and bruises.

The Dominion Post