Kaitaia College, family pay tribute to 'beautiful' students killed in Northland crash

Trinity Vemoa (left) and Corey-Leigh Tobin died in a fatal crash earlier this week.
Trinity Vemoa (left) and Corey-Leigh Tobin died in a fatal crash earlier this week. Photo credit: Facebook

Two teenagers who died when a driver lost control of a car and it flipped in Northland have been remembered as "beautiful" students.   

Police were called to the fatal crash on State Highway 1 in Hūkerenui, south of Kawakawa, just after 5pm on Thursday where it appears the vehicle sped through an unmanned road works area.   

Police said the driver then lost control of the vehicle on an area being sealed and it went off-road and flipped.  

Trinity Vemoa, 18, was found dead outside the vehicle, while Corey-Leigh Tobin, 15, was found deceased inside the car. Another teenager managed to exit the vehicle and went for help. They are reported to have suffered moderate injuries.  

Vemoa and Tobin both attended Kaitaia College and the school took to social media to pay tribute and post photos of the teenagers.   

"With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beautiful student," said separate posts naming each of the victims.   

"Our thoughts and aroha are with the whānau at this time."  

The school confirmed the funeral for Tobin will be held at 10am on Monday while the funeral for Vemoa will be held at Kaitaia College at 11am on Tuesday.   

Vemoa's mother Sheree posted on Facebook on Friday revealing the moment police called her to tell her the devastating news about the crash.   

"It breaks my heart to write this. On Thursday evening, I received a phone call that Trinity had been in a car accident and didn't survive," she wrote.   

"We went and ID him this morning and sadly it's true that my boy is gone.  

"We love you son and still can't believe this is really happening. Rest in peace my boy."