Crash victim named

09:19, Aug 17 2014

Police have named the 28-year-old man who died when the car he was a passenger in crashed in South Auckland on Friday night after the driver sped away after police tried to pull him over.

He was Steven Henare Tepania.

Police had earlier said the incident was a "senseless tragedy". Two other people were hospitalised after the crash.

Police said Tepania was a passenger in a car that was "highlighted" to them during an automatic number plate recognition operation in Puhinui Rd, Manukau.

Police say they signalled for the car to pull over, but it sped away towards Otara and was found shortly afterwards in nearby Boundary Rd, where it had crashed into another car.

Investigations are underway by the police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority.