Death-crash accused on robbery rap
A Christchurch driver accused of fleeing police in a stolen car before crashing it in Bromley resulting in the death of a 15-year-old boy is also accused of being involved in an armed robbery hours earlier.
The boy who died, in Dyers Rd about 12.35am on Friday, was named yesterday as Ethan Dallas Takitimu-McKenzie.
Fabian Jessie Mika, 25, of Moncks Bay, appeared in the Christchurch District Court yesterday charged with careless driving causing death, aggravated robbery and theft of the Toyota Hilux Surf involved in the crash.
The robbery charge alleges that Mika, armed with a firearm, robbed a man of a Holden Commodore, trailer, and motorcycle in a recreational area on the north bank of the Waimakariri River, about 6pm on Thursday, 6 1/2 hours before the smash.
A woman is jointly accused of the aggravated robbery and will appear in court on March 1.
Mika entered no plea to the charges when he appeared before Judge John Strettell and was remanded in custody till March 4.
The vehicle crashed about a kilometre from where police called off a pursuit. The vehicle hit a fence and lamp-post. Takitimu-McKenzie was flung from the vehicle and died at the scene.
Mika allegedly ran off. The two passengers, aged 21 and 23, remained at the scene. Both have been charged with unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle.
Detective Senior Sergeant Darryl Sweeney said the boy's family was struggling to cope with his death. "It's a tragedy. It's terrible for them to lose a 15-year-old boy," he said.
The Hilux involved in the crash was reported stolen from a Christchurch address on Febru- ary 7.
Takitimu-McKenzie's funeral will be held tomorrow.