Names of the two young men killed last night in a crash near Taupo, police are describing as “absolutely avoidable”.
They were the driver, 16-year-old Thor Tamanui Sullivan and his brother, 18-year-old Hape Raroa Sullivan.
A third person in the car, a 14-year-old female remains in a moderate to serious condition in Rotorua Hospital.
Police say the crash occurred on Tirohanga Road at 10.50pm last night when the car lost control and hit a tree. Bay of Plenty Road Policing manager Inspector Brent Crowe is urging driver to take more care, especially on rural roads and highways.
“While the full circumstances of last night’s crash are yet to be determined I can say that all too often police are attending serious crashes that are avoidable.
“Factors such as fatigue, alcohol, speed, young drivers and rural roads are all being considered in this case and often combine with tragic and ongoing outcomes,” says Brent.