The 14-year-old driver of a stolen vehicle that crashed into a tree has been transferred to Starship Hospital.
She remains in a critical condition as a result of injuries sustained in yesterday's accident.
Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says Tauranga Police are continuing to investigate the crash, which occurred at the intersection of Bellevue Road and Windsor Road on Tuesday morning.
“At around 9.40am yesterday morning, police were in the area after receiving a report of a stolen vehicle taken from the Tauranga CBD the previous day,” says Ian.
“A local officer spotted the stolen vehicle at the Bellevue Road and Miller Road intersection and turned around to begin following the driver.
“The officer lost sight of the car by the time he had turned around, and began to conduct a search of the area. A few minutes later, police received a report of a crash on the corner of Bellevue Road and Windsor Road.”
He says the police officer attended the scene to find the same stolen car had crashed into a tree.
The second occupant of the vehicle – also a 14-year-old girl – also has serious injuries, but remains in a stable condition at Tauranga Hospital.
The road was closed but has since reopened.
Next of kin have been informed of the incident and the Serious Crash Unit is investigating.