9 Jun 2016

Deadly crash was 'highly preventable'

3:28 pm on 9 June 2016

Police are investigating claims a ute was seen driving dangerously on a Northland beach before it hit a tree, killing three people.

Adriana Weber interviewing an officer about drink driving.

Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Susanna and Sadie Stewart, and James Wearmouth, were among eight people travelling in the ute heading home along Baylys Coast Road in Dargaville on Monday night.

They died when it crashed on a corner.

Northland road policing manager Inspector Wayne Ewers said it appeared the ute had been seen driving dangerously on Baylys Beach minutes before the crash.

"That was a highly preventable accident," he said.

"We're seeking more information, we have a considerable amount of unsubstantiated information that we want to verify.

"And so we're calling for witnesses [who have seen] a vehicle that was driving on a beach and it was driving in a dangerous manner."

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