Crash victim's brother in car chased by police

JOELLE DALLY AND DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 05:00 27/02/2013

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The older brother of a 15-year-old boy who died in a crash after a police pursuit on Friday was also in the vehicle.

The funeral for Ethan Takitimu-McKenzie will be held in Wainoni at 2pm today.

The boy was a passenger in the Toyota Hilux Surf that fled police through New Brighton and Linwood before the chase was abandoned in Bromley on Friday.

Ethan was a passenger in the car with his older brother, digger operator Dylan Takitimu-McKenzie, 21, and another associate, Keith David Kepa Ferguson, 23.

The vehicle crashed north of the Bromley sewage ponds about 12.35am.

Ethan died at the scene.

His friend and cousin, Herewaka Wardlaw, told The Press he was a bubbly and cheeky person, who was "a real good friend to everybody". She learned of his death on Facebook and said she was "trying to believe it wasn't true".

The alleged driver involved in the pursuit and crash is Fabian Jessie Mika, 25, of Moncks Bay.

Mika has been charged with careless driving causing death and theft of the Toyota Hilux Surf involved in the crash on February 7.

He has been remanded in custody.

Dylan Takitimu-McKenzie and Ferguson have both been charged  in connection with the incident.

Takitimu-McKenzie appeared in court on Friday.

Judge Christopher Somer ville remanded him on bail to appear in the Invercargill District Court on March 11.

Ferguson was remanded without plea on bail to appear in the Christchurch District Court on March 8.

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