Speed and alcohol factors in fatal crash

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 14:36 07/04/2014

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Police have named the young woman who died after the drunk-driver she was traveling with crashed into a tree.

Rea Biggeta Day, 21, was a passenger in the single-car crash in Garden Heights Ave, Melville, about 3.30am on Saturday.

The Mercedes Benz hit a tree then bounced into a power pole, snapping it, before coming to rest 15 metres away.

Witnesses said the woman was bleeding heavily and police administered first aid before an ambulance arrived. 

The driver was found at the scene and was clearly intoxicated, police said.

Speed was also a factor in the crash, Acting Senior Sergeant Lara Beisly said.

Police said it was another example that alcohol and driving do not mix.

Acting Waikato Field Crime Manager, Detective Senior Sergeant Nigel Keall, said Day died in Waikato Hospital yesterday.

"Our staff are currently working to confirm the identity of the driver of the Mercedes and the circumstances leading up to the crash."

He offered the police's condolences to Day's family and said it was an important part of their investigation to establish Day's movements before the crash.

Anyone who was in contact with her or who saw her out and about the night before the crash is asked to contact Detective Lee Samphier of the Hamilton CIB on 07 858 6200.

Calls will be treated in confidence. 

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