Four charged over drag race death

Last updated 16:02 18/07/2013

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Boy racers involved in a high-speed race that killed a Napier teen in February have been charged with causing her death.

Three boy racers who were driving cars on February 19, and one of their passengers, have been charged ''with operating a vehicle in a race causing death and injury'', police say.

Maree Schafer, 18, died when the car in which she was a passenger crashed on Sandy Rd in Meeanee, near Napier.

Police allege the crash was a result of a high-speed race with another vehicle.

The 19-year-old driver of the car that was carrying Schafer was charged, along with drivers of two other cars, aged 20 and 17, and an 18-year-old passenger from one of the vehicles.

The youths were all from Napier, police say. One driver had been disqualified from driving and another was on a learner licence.

The charges laid against them include ''aiding, abetting, inciting, counselling, or procuring a person to operate a vehicle in a race which has resulted in death or injury''.

All four youths were granted interim name suppression in Napier District Court on Monday. They will appear in court again in August.

Police say these charges should serve as a warning to anyone who engages in illegal street races.

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- The Dominion Post

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