Fleeing motorcyclist killed in Takanini crash

The crash happened just before midnight on Saturday.
The crash happened just before midnight on Saturday. Photo credit: File

A motorcyclist fleeing from police has died in a crash in south Auckland.

Police officers tried to pull the motorcyclist over on Takanini School Rd due to speeding just before midnight on Saturday. However, the driver didn't stop and turned onto Spartan Rd.

"An initial pursuit was abandoned and the fleeing rider turned onto Great South Rd," said a police statement.

"At the intersection with the northbound motorway ramps at Takanini, the rider went through a red light and collided with a ute."

The motorcyclist died at the scene. Three people in the ute had injuries ranging from serious to moderate and were taken to Middlemore Hospital.

"These events are always devastating," said acting Counties Manukau District Commander Insp Matt Srhoj.

"It's just not worth failing to stop for police, no matter what you think the consequences may be."

The incident would be referred to the Independent Police Conduct Authority, Srhoj said.