7 Feb 2013

Driver sought after fatal crash

9:04 pm on 7 February 2013

Police are seeking a driver who ran away from a fatal car crash in central Auckland early on Thursday.

It was one of two serious collisions in the area, forcing the closure of a major commuter route, Tamaki Drive, until just before rush hour.

The passenger in the fatal crash, 19-year-old David Sionepulu, died when a piece of a metal fence was driven into his body on impact.

Several residents in Ngapipi Road had been woken by a loud bang as the speeding car flew through a fence and over a drop before landing in a driveway.

Police say witnesses saw the driver run from the car.

Earlier, a few hundred metres away in Tamaki Drive, two people had to be cut from their car and are in a critical condition in hospital.

Road policing manager Gavin MacDonald says witnesses saw the car travelling at 120km/h in the 50km/h zone just before it hit a pohutukawa tree.

Mr MacDonald says alcohol was a factor in both crashes and police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.