The quick and the dead: a tragic but avoidable demise for tearaway lunatics

So you are hooning down the road, erratically or at high speed or both, when a police siren tells you the game is up. You’ve been lumbered.

What’s the smart thing to do?

Yep. Pull over.

Only if you get your kicks from games like Russian roulette or sky-diving without a parachute do you put your foot down to shake off the cops.

And if you opt to take the thrill-seeking option, what do you reckon the cops will do?

Oh, yes. They will give chase. That’s when the fun kicks in.

And when you finish up dead after losing control of your vehicle – or worse, if you wipe out innocent law- abiding third parties – who should cop the responsibility?

It’s a no-brainer. It’s the tearaway thrill-seeker’s responsiblity.

Alf sees scant need for investigations by police monitors in those circumstances.

He has been musing on the matter after reading at Stuff that –

Three high speed crashes within seven hours left five people dead, with two involving police pursuits.

Fair to say, the first accident reported at Stuff did not involve a silly high-speed chase, but it does highlight bad judgement and poor driving skills.

Three teenagers died in Nelson after the Ford Telstar they were in crashed into a tree at high speed about 6am yesterday. The wreckage was found at 6.54am.

A fourth remains in Nelson Hospital with serious injuries.

Three of the youths had just finished college and Jonathan Williams was in his final year.

It looks like they didn’t learn as much as they should have at the college, certainly not about the road rules or how to drive a car safely.

District commander Superintendent Gary Knowles said the car was being driven at “very high speed”, when the driver braked heavily for about 100 metres.

Then Stuff brings in the two police chases that ended in tragedy.

After one prang, bits of a Subaru WRX were found 30 metres apart in a crash which killed a young man at Murchison.

The car slammed into a gum tree as it was being chased by police at 150kmh about 2.42am yesterday.

The pursuit, which lasted about a minute, began after the car was seen doing burn-outs outside a hotel.

The driver and his passenger were both in their mid-twenties, from Invercargill.

The passenger died instantly and the driver was flown to Nelson hospital in a critical condition.

Any more lunatics out there this weekend?


In the third crash, a motorcyclist died in the Marlborough area after a police chase ended in a crash at 11.47pm on Saturday.

His female passenger, 41, was in a stable condition in Wellington Hospital.

It gives the Independent Police Conduct Authority work to do, of course. It will investigate the crashes which occurred after police pursuits.

Knowles is confident they will show police procedures had been complied with.

“I think people are the authors of their own destiny and sometimes people just need to slow down.

“If a police car pulls in behind you, all you have to do is stop.”

And if you can’t find the bloody brakes, you shouldn’t be driving.

One Response to The quick and the dead: a tragic but avoidable demise for tearaway lunatics

  1. “if you wipe out innocent law- abiding third parties – who should cop the responsibility?”

    One of these arsehole near killed me! Of couse HE ran off without a scratch!

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