A car that crashed into a tree on the corner of Bellevue Road and Windsor Road yesterday was stolen, police say.
The woman who was driving the vehicle was taken to Tauranga Hospital with serious injuries.
As of yesterday afternoon, police say she is in a critical condition.
Her companion suffered moderate injuries in the 10am crash. Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion has confirmed to SunLive that the car involved was stolen.
The vehicle appears to have been heading from Bellevue Road and failed to take the corner.
Police have declined to comment on contributing factors to the crash at this stage.
The road was closed for some time while the Serious Crash unit completed its investigation, with traffic diverted around Mitchell Park via Seymour Place and Sherwood Street.