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Scene of a fatal crash in Shelly Bay, where one person was killed and two were injured.
Alcohol, speed and not wearing seat belts are possible factors in the Wellington crash that killed a 17-year-old girl and left another young man in critical condition.
Shelley died on the spot in BRD after a car veered off the road and hit rocks around 9.50pm on Wednesday night.
Two others, a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old, were admitted to Wellington Regional Hospital, one in critical condition and the other in critical condition.
One patient has since been discharged and another is in critical condition in the intensive care unit, Capital and Coast District Health Board spokesman Chase T. Rona said Thursday.
Wade Jennings, Wellington District Road Policing Manager, said a preliminary investigation into the crash showed speed and alcohol were involved, as well as a lack of seat belts.
A function was held today at Shelley Bay / Marukikoro by representatives of Mana Viva, Tati Awa Taranaki Vhanui.
During Qaraqiyah, it was held for five days from 8 am on Thursday to 8 am on Tuesday.
It extends from the crash site, a few hundred meters south of the Guard Hut, to the Guard Hut itself.
Shania McCarney, a member of the Mao Zedong group who owns former Defense Forces land on Shelley Bay, said the occupiers had gone to help after the crash, but emergency services were already in place.
“Our thoughts are with the families.”
The crash happened just south of the site.
“They could hear screams from the guard house. [at the southern end of the occupation],” she said.
McCarney said the victims were not part of his group.