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Police pursuit on SH1 ends in crash – Porirua teenager killed

News from NZ Police
A teenager has died following a serious crash in Wellington overnight.

At 2:44am, a vehicle failed to stop for Police on State Highway 1, near The Terrace Tunnel.

The vehicle was reported stolen the previous day.

A pursuit was initiated, and the vehicle continued north on the motorway before crashing south of the Tawa interchange.

The teenager, who died at the scene, was one of six occupants. He was 15-year-old Bailey Patmore, from Cannons Creek.

Five others were taken to Wellington Hospital with moderate to minor injuries.

Police have notified the teen’s next of kin, and our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.

A number of investigations will now commence — a Serious Crash Unit investigation and an internal police investigation. The Independent Police Conduct Authority has been notified.

The pursuit involved one officer in a single patrol car.

UPDATE from NZ Police
Shortly before 3am today, a dog handler driving north on State Highway 1 saw a small hatchback travelling at high speed, near the Terrace Tunnel. The officer followed the vehicle and established it had been reported stolen from Petone last night. A pursuit was initiated when the driver failed to stop.

The vehicle continued north on SH1 before crashing south of the Tawa off ramp.

It is at this point the officer, who was alone, learnt there were six people in the vehicle – five seated in the vehicle and one in the boot. The person in the boot, a teenager, died at the scene.

The five others — four teenagers and one 21-year-old, all from Porirua — sustained minor injuries and were checked at Wellington Hospital emergency department before being released this morning.

This is an incredibly sad time for the family of the teen who died. Police are with the family today and will continue to provide support.

News release from NZ Police
Statement from Kelly McKnight, mother of Bailey Patmore.

It has been a huge shock to Bailey’s whanau at this sudden and tragic loss. Bailey was a loving son, stepson, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. He touched many people’s lives in his short life.

Bailey was fun–loving, caring, lovable and cheeky. He was dearly loved by us all.

The whanau have gathered in support and sadness to help ease the burden of such a huge loss.

Thank you to the many people who have offered help, kai, koha, support, love and kind words. It is greatly appreciated.