Horror Thames crash: stolen car involved

Police said the crash, at Kopu Bridge on State Highway 25 about 8.30pm, involved two cars with two people in each. Photo: Google Maps

The survivor of a crash near Thames which killed three others was a passenger in a stolen car driven by his 20-year-old son, police say.

Emergency services were called to the two-car crash near Thames.

Police say the crash, at Kopu Bridge on State Highway 25 about 8.30pm, involved two cars with two people in each.

Three of the people died, while the condition of a 54-year-old man who was also taken to hospital with critical injuries, had since stabilised.

Police have confirmed the car the survivor was in was a stolen car.

They say his 20-year-old son, who died at the scene along with a local couple in their 60s who were in the other car, had been driving the stolen vehicle.

At this stage it was thought the stolen car crossed the centre line, colliding with the other car, says police.

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating.

Thames-Coromandel mayor Sandra Goudie says the victims were thought to be local.

"We actually thought it was an armed offenders callout because there were so many police cars going in so many directions.

"So, it’s heartbreaking to know how tragic the situation actually was."

Sandra says the stretch of highway was good, and an investigation would determine what went wrong.


Quite frankly.....

Posted on 21-04-2018 10:15 | By groutby

....much of my sympathy goes to the emergency services who have to attend such incidents caused by these nobs who think they are invincible behind the wheel. More and more ridiculous and unnecessary incidents are caused by these turkeys and so often take out innocent people. I don’t know what the answer is, but I am convinced our Police and other agencies be given authority (and use it) to hit these **** (you choose the word) really hard (if they survive)...they have no value on life it seems, so why should relatively law abiding citizens have value on theirs?...

Agree with penguin

Posted on 21-04-2018 07:25 | By The Sage

The Father, if he survives, should be before the courts and charged. He would have known the vehicle was stolen and he is as guilty as if he had been driving it himself. Such a tragedy for the families of the couple killed and totally unnecessary. The lives of their families will never be the same.


Posted on 20-04-2018 12:46 | By penguin

Words tend to fail me as I try to comprehend the fact that two innocent people were killed through the unbelievable actions of two others. Yes, the father has to accept responsibility for being in a stolen vehicle and allowing his son to drive. His son had the responsibility for driving. The father lost his son and he now has the lifelong memory that he had some responsibility for the deaths of three people. That will transcend any other penalties he may incur. Not if, but or maybe!

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