Police still weighing fatal crash charges

DEIDRE MUSSEN
Last updated 07:50 28/01/2014
Judd Hall
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TRAGIC: Judd Hall, 26, died in a Greymouth car crash on Friday night.

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Police are yet to decide if the badly injured driver of a speeding car that rammed into a Greymouth house and killed a passenger will be charged over the crash.

It is understood that Jordan McGrath, 28, was behind the wheel of the white Subaru station wagon that police briefly pursued before the crash in High St on Friday night.

His friend and rear passenger, Judd Hall, 26, of Runanga, was killed.

McGrath, of Dillmanstown, was impaled through his abdomen by a piece of wood and was treated at Greymouth Hospital's intensive care unit before being transferred on Sunday to Christchurch Hospital.

A hospital spokeswoman said he was in a stable condition. His family declined to comment last night.

The car's surviving passenger, a man in his 20s who suffered ruptured lungs, was in a stable condition in Greymouth Hospital.

West Coast area commander Inspector John Canning said yesterday it was too early to say if the car's driver would face charges.

Many witnesses were yet to be interviewed.

"We haven't spoken to the driver or passenger yet but hope to do that in the next week or so, depending on their health."

Witnesses claimed the Subaru was travelling about 140kmh in a 50kmh zone.

It crashed about 600 metres to 800m from where it had passed a police constable, who was standing by his parked patrol car in an alley off High St, Canning said.

The constable chased the vehicle for about 10 seconds, putting on his flashing lights, but lost sight of it as it rounded a sweeping bend by Greymouth Hospital, where it lost control and crashed.

An investigator from the Independent Police Conduct Authority met Judd Hall's family yesterday and the family of one of the injured men.

Hall's family said he was the last of four brothers, all killed in tragic circumstances.

They included Jessop Hall, killed by a drunk driver in Motueka aged 7 in 1990, Brett, 19, who died in a fall in Auckland a few years later and Dan Herk, 36, who was killed in the Pike River coalmine explosion in November 2010.

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