7 Feb 2013

Teen driver who died after pursuit named

1:30 pm on 7 February 2013

A teenager who died during a police chase in Hamilton has been named as Rocky Joe Kohatu Hepi.

The 17-year-old was thrown from a stolen vehicle after he crashed into a stone wall on Baverstock Road on Wednesday morning.

Police say they started a pursuit when he was seen driving without headlights on, but abandoned it shortly afterwards.

They say Rocky Hepi then lost control of the vehicle and crashed.

One of his passengers suffered severe injuries.

Three investigations are underway into the incident.