A New Plymouth mechanic who died in a car crash near Stratford on Saturday was the driver in another serious crash just two weeks earlier, police said.
Acting Senior Sergeant Pat Duffy said 25-year-old Shawn Daniel Brand crashed a car while travelling at high speeds on Airport Drive on November 9 at 11.10pm.
"Speed was definitely a factor," Mr Duffy said.
The car, a 1995 Toyota Corolla Levin, was written off, he said.
Mr Brand and a passenger were driving toward the Airport Drive barrier gate at high speed when he lost control of the car.
They veered off the road and crashed into a tree, Mr Duffy said.
"He's realised he was running out of room.
"He's locked it up, lost control and ran into a tree."
Incredibly, despite the high speed collision, both passengers walked away from the mangled wreck with no injuries, he said.
"The car impacted heavily with the tree.
"How neither passenger was injured was amazing, really."
A reckless driving charge was being considered by police, he said.
"Obviously with what's happened that matter is now being filed."
Mr Brand's death near Stratford early on Saturday morning took the region's yearly road toll to 14.
- Taranaki Daily News
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