A 13-year-old boy who died after crashing a vehicle in South Auckland had absconded from the custody of Child, Youth and Family.
Isaiah Nathan was killed when the overloaded station wagon he was driving crashed into a fence in Manurewa on Wednesday morning.
Child, Youth and Family says the boy had been in its custody since April last year and was was most recently living with caregivers in Kaitaia until he ran away in September.
The agency says it discovered on Wednesday the boy was being hidden by his family during at least part of the past three months.
Counties Manukau police are investigating whether the car Isaiah Nathan was driving had been stolen.