Man dies after car hits power pole

A Havelock North family is mourning the death of their 19-year-old son after a crash in the early hours of Sunday.

Hawke's Bay police sergeant Kevin Stewart said the young man had been planning to spend the night in Napier but for some reason had decided to drive home along Te Mata-Mangateretere Road, Havelock North about 4am.

''As he approached a notorious little S-bend, he has tried to negotiate it at some speed, high speed we think for the conditions, he lost control, hit a culvert, the car became airborne and then he hit the power pole.''

It was too early to tell whether alcohol was also a factor in the crash, Stewart said.

The man was found trapped in his car by emergency services about 4.20am, and the crash had brought down power lines and closed the road for a time.

The young man's immediate family have been informed but his name will not be released until close relatives overseas have been told of the death.

In May last year, a car full of young people crashed on the same road, leaving a 21-year-old woman in critical condition.

The speed limit for the road was dropped from 100kmh to 80kmh in March in an effort to reduce crashes.