Teen dead after fleeing police

CRASH SCENE: Emergency services race to free a seriously injured person from the scene of the crash where another person died.
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CRASH SCENE: Emergency services race to free a seriously injured person from the scene of the crash where another person died.

Two car crashes on different parts of Auckland's motorway have left roads congested, capping off a day of traffic carnage on the city's roads.

In the first crash a car flipped landing on it's roof on State Highway 1 between the State Highway 2 on ramp and Mill Road, Bombay.

One person suffered moderate injuries in the crash.

The second crash happened a short time later on Auckland's northern motorway, in Waitemata.

Police say a boat on a trailer has also flipped, blocking a major part of the road between Bawden Road and Oteha Valley Road, Dairy Flat.

No-one was injured in the crash but police are warning motorists to avoid the southbound part of the motorway due to heavy congestion.

The accidents are the latest in a series of car crashes in the city.

FATAL 25-METRE CLIFF PLUNGE

Police have named a 19-year-old killed after the vehicle he was travelling in drove off a 25 metre cliff overnight.

Ryan Fraser Gibbons from Rodney was ejected from the vehicle his friend was driving at the Pinewoods Motor Park, a coastal campground north of Auckland, in Red Beach shortly before 1am today.

The driver was not seriously harmed.

The car ploughed through a fence before dropping onto rocks on the beach below.

Police said the car failed to take a bend on a road inside the campground where the speed limit was 10kmh.

Senior Constable Karl Bevin from the Waitemata Serious Crash Unit said the car continued straight ahead, through a barbed wire fence, across a two-metre verge, before plummeting 25 metres down a sheer cliff face, crashing onto the rocks on Red Beach below.

TIMOTI REMEMBERED

Meanwhile the family of the teenaged driver who died following a police pursuit in Auckland have remembered him as a ''nice kid''.

Timoti Mohi, 15, died this morning after crashing a stolen car into a power pole near the Market Road off-ramp on Auckland's Southern Motorway.

A teenage passenger had to be cut free from the wreckage and is in Auckland Hospital with serious leg injuries.

Police had been in pursuit of the vehicle, and another stolen car, in the central city before abandoning the chase when speeds reached up to 180km/h.

Acting Auckland Police District Commander Chief Inspector John Palmer said Mohi's death was a tragedy that was ''completely avoidable''.

''Anyone who is requested by Police to stop their vehicle should do so and face the consequences of their behaviour,'' Mr Palmer said.

''Making the decision to flee at speed has had fatal consequences for too many people and their grieving families.''

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has been notified of the incident. 

The Auckland City District's Serious Crash Unit and the Professional Standards Unit was also investigating.

The fatality happened in the second high-speed pursuit on the southbound Auckland motorway network in just three days.

On Monday morning, a man was hospitalised after losing control of a stolen car and crashing near the Market Rd off-ramp.

The man evaded officers at speeds of up to 140km/h, initially driving northbound over the Auckland Harbour Bridge before turning around near Albany and driving back towards the city.

The man complained of chest pains after officers reached the wrecked car. He was arrested and taken to hospital for observation.

ROAD TOLL STILL TOO HIGH

The accidents took the total for the holiday period to 13 - the third lowest toll since 1980.

In 2006/2007, 9 people were killed, a record low, and in 2004/2005 there were 11 people killed. The highest toll was in 2008/2009 when 25 people died.

National road policing manager Paula Rose said she was saddened by the deaths, including the "tragic" accidents overnight.

"My heart goes out to those families affected by these deaths," Superintendent Rose said.

She said the road toll, while low compared to other years, was still not low enough.

"Ask any of the family members of the 13 people who were killed and they'll tell you it's not low enough," Rose said.

"The only acceptable number is a big fat zero, and that's what police are working towards, although realistically we know it's not going to happen in our lifetimes."

Rose said one of her main concerns was the number of young people killed in the crashes. Six of the dead during the holiday period were aged between 15 and 24.

Last year 30 per cent of crashes involved people from that age group, Rose said.

"We need to do something about getting our young people to live until they're old people," she said.

Of those killed during the holiday period, 10 were men and three were women. There were five drivers, two motorcyclists, five passengers and one pedestrian.

Six of the crashes were suspected to have alcohol as a factor in the crash, while seven involved speed.
Nine of the crashes were on the open road.

THE DEAD

The first victim of the holiday period was Gayle Jean Anderson, 44, who died in a crash near Dunedin on Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Day, 40-year-old Vineshwar Singh died in a hit-and-run in Pukekohe.

On December 28, Mary-Lee Huata, 17, died after a crash near Wairoa when a 13-year-old boy was driving her home from a wedding.

Sebastian Hirling, 16, was killed on December 29 after the ute he was sitting in the back of rolled on to him at Reporoa.

Te Reimana Mathew Peina, 38, also died on December 29 in a motorbike accident north of Wanganui.

Tanisha Morris, 13, died on New Year's Eve after the car she was in collided with a truck near Napier.

On Saturday, Tamataia Pera Maurangi, 35, was killed in a crash near Hastings. Another man, as yet unnamed, died when two cars collided in the Bay of Plenty.

On Sunday, three men died - Auckland motorcyclist Mark Egbers, 48; Sean Coe, 20, after a New Year's Day crash near Hamilton; and Marlborough man Wayne William.

Overnight, Timoti Mohi, 15, and Ryan Fraser Gibbons, 19, died in separate accidents.

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