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Woman killed when car hits tree during late-night street racing in Napier

News from NZ Police
A crash during street racing in Napier last night claimed the life of an 18-year-old woman passenger. Maree Schafer died at the scene of the crash on Sandy Road, Meeanee, Napier at around 11.35pm.

Three vehicles – a silver Holden Commodore, a blue Ford Falcon and a grey Nissan Skyline – were street racing along Awatoto Road towards the intersection with Meeanee Road and Sandy Road.

The Commodore continued through the intersection at a speed well in excess of 100km/h.

The driver lost control of the vehicle and it slid sideways across the road, crashing side-on into a tree.

There were three occupants in the vehicle and Ms Schafer, the sole rear passenger, died at the scene.

The 18-year-old male who was driving and the 15-year-old front seat passenger suffered serious injuries and are in Hawkes Bay Hospital.

Anyone who saw these vehicles racing in the Napier area last night is asked to contact Senior Constable Cory Ubels in the Eastern District serious crash unit on 06 873 0500