Teen passenger dies in crash

Last updated 08:57 19/02/2013

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A teenage passenger in a three-car crash west of Hamilton last Thursday died in hospital in Auckland overnight.

The 17-year-old was travelling west on State Highway 23 near Whatawhata shortly before 10pm in a Suzuki Swift.

An eastbound Nissan Bluebird crossed the centreline and collided head-on with the Suzuki, Waikato police said.

The female driver of the Suzuki was in a critical but stable condition in Waikato Hospital, while the driver of the Nissan had serious leg injuries.

The driver of a Hyundai Sonata following the Suzuki managed to brake and avert all but a minor collision.

An investigation by the Waikato serious crash unit was continuing, with investigators awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine whether alcohol played any part in the crash.

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