Crashed car driven by teen

Last updated 15:58 27/01/2014

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A 16-year-old driver of a car that rolled on State Highway 1 south of Seddon on Sunday was on a learner’s licence, police say.

Marlborough highway patrol team leader Sergeant Barrie Greenall said the teenager’s inexperience as a driver and illegal modifications on the Subaru car most likely contributed to the crash near Lake Grassmere about 2pm.

A 32-year-old Nelson woman was the sole passenger in the car and was flown to Christchurch Hospital with serious injuries. She had been lying on the back seat of the car and was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, Mr Greenall said.

A hospital spokeswoman said today the woman was in a stable condition in a general ward. 

Mr Greenall said the car was travelling north when the driver lost control on a straight section of highway. The car rolled multiple times and landed on its roof.

A Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter spokesman said the woman was assessed and stabilised by the onboard intensive care paramedic and St John Ambulance crew at the scene. She was airlifted to hospital for urgent medical care after suffering ’’multiple, serious trauma’’ injuries. 

A St John Ambulance spokeswoman said the driver was taken to Wairau Hospital in Blenheim with moderate hand and face injuries.

Conditions were dry at the time but the weather deteriorated after the crash. 

Investigations in to the cause of crash are continuing.


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