Fatal crash driver may be same as drive-off

Fatal crash driver may be same as drive-off

Police believe the car involved in a fatal crash in central Dunedin this morning may have been involved in an earlier petrol station drive-off.

An 18-year-old woman was killed in the crash and five others taken to hospital.

Six people were crammed into the Ford Laser when its driver failed to give way and was T-boned by a ute on the corner of Hope St and Stafford St early this morning.

"Two vehicles involved – one occupant of one of the vehicles died on the way to hospital," says Inspector Mel Aitken of Dunedin police.

The killed woman was briefly trapped in the crumpled car after the collision. Several other passengers suffered injuries and were taken to hospital.

Police said it's too early to say what factors may have contributed to the crash, but are working to piece together events leading up to it.

"We are aware there was an incident involving a drive-off, so we are still working through that to see if there is any involvement in that with the vehicle in the crash," says Insp Aitken.

The male driver of the ute was not injured in the crash, and the male driver of the Ford Laser, who was found by police a short distance away from the scene, has not yet been charged.

"We're still interviewing people that were involved in the crash, so we've got some work to do on that," says Insp Aitken.

Two passengers remain in Dunedin Hospital.

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