Awoman who stopped at a horrific car crash, which left four young people dead, may hold vital information about what led to the accident.
Police last night continued their investigation into the crash, in which a Nissan Skyline and a Toyota van collided on Friday shortly before 10pm. The accident happened on State Highway 3 in Hamilton.
All four occupants of the Nissan died at the scene. They were Waipa locals Lance Tyrone Robinson, 28, Paul De Silva, 20, Hannah Lei Strickett-Craze, 24, and 19-year-old Jason McCormick Ross, of Taranaki.
Police were now looking for a woman who was driving a red car and who stopped at the scene of the crash.
Detective Sergeant Mata John said: “She may have additional information to assist in the inquiry.”
Police are also appealing to the driver or passengers of another vehicle thought to have been travelling with the Nissan before the crash to come forward.
Authorities are looking for a white or light-coloured hatchback car, or similar vehicle.
Police have been appealing for anyone who may have seen a white hatchback or similar car in the Te Awamutu area between 9.30pm and 10pm that night. It is thought that car and the Nissan Skyline may have been racing each other when the accident occurred. Witnesses have said the hatchback quickly left the scene following the crash.
The driver and sole occupant of the Toyota van suffered serious leg injuries and is now recovering in Waikato Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman said last night the man was now in a stable condition and is in a ward.
Meanwhile, tributes continue to flow for the four young lives lost.
Hannah Lei Strickett-Craze has been remembered as a devoted mum to son Levi, 4. Friends of Paul De Silva have said he was a loving father to his 2-year-old son. Friends of Lance Robinson are also remembering him in heartfelt social media posts, as are friends of the youngest victim, Jason McCormick Ross.
Mate William Wakefield said his friend was a hard worker who had a “great vibe”.
“The reason that this loss is so shocking is because Jason is the sort of person that would get up and persevere through everything, the last person I personally would expect to pass.”
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