4 Apr 2010

Memorial service for girl killed in speedway crash

5:04 pm on 4 April 2010

A memorial service was being held on Sunday for a 15-year-old girl killed while driving a mini-stock car at Kaikohe Speedway.

Samantha Mouat from Mt Maunganui crashed her car into a concrete wall about 4.15pm on Saturday, as members of her family were watching the race from the trackside.

Speedway spokesperson Debbie Beadle says the teenager's vehicle and the track were in good condition and it appears driver error was to blame.

Ms Beadle says the sport is not unduly dangerous, and speedway is safer than the open road.

The serious crash unit is investigating, and the Department of Labour is making preliminary enquiries.

She said local kaumatua were to bless the track on Sunday, and after the 10am service drivers were to do a remembrance lap around the track.

The two-day Easter Stampede and Demolition Derby would then continue.

It's expected that Samantha Mouat's funeral will be held at Baypark Speedway in Mount Maunganui on Thursday.