Driver asked to front up after fatal crash

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 05:00 28/11/2012
Shona Saunders
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NO CLOSURE: Christchurch woman Shona Saunders says she will never have closure unless the driver in a crash that killed her partner, Sean Frost, is found.

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The grieving partner of a Christchurch man "left" for dead after a car crash is pleading for the driver, who allegedly fled the scene, to come forward.

Police are poised to launch a trans-Tasman search for Cody Marcus John Pierce, 21, of Darfield, who they believe is on Australia's Gold Coast.

Sean Christopher Frost, 43, of Parklands, was injured when the car in which he was a passenger hit a power pole near the intersection of Neave and Johnson roads in West Melton about 9pm on October 27.

He died in Christchurch Hospital five days later.

The driver allegedly fled the scene.

Police say they have been in contact with Australian police.

Constable Chris Caldwell alleged the driver left the scene shortly after the crash and was picked up by friends, who did not witness the crash.

Caldwell said alcohol was "definitely a factor".

Seeking an extradition order was one option if the driver did not return, he said.

Frost's partner, Shona Saunders, said life without her "other half" was "miserable".

The four weeks since the crash had been a nightmare, and knowing the driver had not been found made it only harder, she said.

"We just want one form of closure," she said.

"We have to put our trust in police and the public for help."

Saunders, 36, spoke to Frost earlier in the evening before the crash.

He was at a friend's barbecue and planned to spend the night there.

The last thing he said was, "text me before you go to bed, honey, and I will give you a call", Saunders said. "I [sent a] text but he never rang."

Saunders said she got "the worst" phone call from police about 10pm, saying Frost's car had been in a crash.

Saunders spent five days at Frost's bedside in the intensive care unit before he died on November 1.

"He's not just a statistic. He was a father, a son, a partner.

"He was a person, and he just got left."

The Press understands the driver's family has been trying to persuade him to contact police.

Pierce's father, Mark Pierce, declined to comment yesterday.

Frost's friend and workmate at John Jones Steel, Doug Symonds, said he wanted the driver to "face up to the consequences" of the crash.

"You shouldn't run away," he said.

Anyone with information on the driver's whereabouts was asked to call Caldwell on 03 347 9248.

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