Funeral instead of birthday party

21:18, Feb 19 2014
Hamish Bagley
CRASH VICTIM: Hamish Bagley.

The family of Arrowtown teenager Hamish Bagley should have been planning a milestone birthday party yesterday, but instead they were making funeral arrangements.

The promising 17-year-old snowboarder was killed on Sunday when his car crashed on the Lindis Pass. He was thrown from the vehicle when it left the road, crashed down a ditch and burst into flames.

His 18th birthday would have been yesterday.

His father, Roy, was in the United States at the weekend and immediately returned to New Zealand. On Tuesday, he and Hamish's two sisters, his brother and their grandmother visited the Central Otago crash scene.

Sergeant Derek Ealson, of Alexandra, said police accompanied the family to the scene.

"We have spoken to the witness that was first on the scene and the serious crash unit is completing the report into the matter.

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"We are awaiting the results of the toxicology report, but there are no aggravating features.

"It's not a straight piece of road; it's a wee slight bend and the tyre tracks show he followed a straight line. Inquiries are continuing and the matter will be referred to the coroner."

Police do not believe speed or alcohol were factors.

The Southland Times