Passenger in deadly crash still critical

WILMA MCCORKINDALE
Last updated 15:25 19/05/2014
Danielle Ngametua Kiriau
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TRAGIC LOSS: Danielle Ngametua Kiriau, 17, was believed to be in a relationship with the driver of the Honda Integra.

Shannon James Kiriau
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CRASH VICTIM: Shannon James Kiriau, 22, died at the scene, police said.

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A passenger involved in the crash that killed two siblings in Dunedin remains in intensive care in hospital.

The 17-year-old girl is in Dunedin Hospital's intensive care unit, while the 20-year-old male driver of the car is in a stable condition in the high dependency unit. Another teenager, a 16-year-old girl, has been discharged.

Police said the crash, which killed siblings Danielle Ngametua Kiriau, 17, and Shannon James Kiriau, 22, both from Mosgiel, on the southern motorway in the early hours of Sunday morning, showed road safety messages were being ignored.
 
The paid died when the driver lost control of the Honda Integra car they were passengers in, and the car crashed into a pole and tree.

"Young people are not getting the message about the dangerous mix that alcohol, not wearing safety belts and driving at speed can create," Senior Sergeant Steve Larking said.

"This crash is a terrible tragedy for the families involved. We don't yet know all the exact details about how it came to occur and we don't want to comment further specifically on it as inquiries into the circumstances are ongoing."

Larking said young people should say no to dangerous and unsafe situations.

"All of us can have a part to play in influencing our young people to make the right choices and the right decisions. If you're in a vehicle and you and friends feel unsafe, have the courage to speak up and ask the driver to stop the car and let you out."

"The best time to make a choice is before you get in a vehicle. Don't get into a car if you know or think the driver's been drinking - give a friend or family member a call to give you a lift home, or catch a taxi. Any parent would prefer that their child gives them a call, rather than take a risk which could result in serious or tragic consequences."

The car had not passed a warrant of fitness since early 2012, and had an uncertified modified turbo, police said. Alcohol and speed were also factors in the crash.

Police earlier said it was amazing anyone survived considering the nature of the crash.

Shannon and Danielle Kiriau previously attended Taieri College, where Danielle Kiriau's younger sister was in year 8. 

Principal David Hunter said the school would offer the girl and her family support.

"Things are pretty raw down here," he said. 

"Obviously very poor decisions have been made by these young people. It's really sad. Another waste."

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