Christchurch drunk driver hands himself in after killing teen

NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Monday, 19 November 2018, 4:33PM
Alexia Noble-Hazlewood, 18, died in a car crash late on Friday night. (Photo / Givealittle)
Alexia Noble-Hazlewood, 18, died in a car crash late on Friday night. (Photo / Givealittle)

A young man who drove a car that crashed into a Christchurch school - killing a teenage girl - has handed himself in to police.

A man claiming to be the driver has posted an emotional statement on Facebook, saying he was drunk at the time and did not want to drive in the first place.

He said he was "so sorry, guys'' and needed time to cope with what he had done, as he did not know until afterwards that someone had died.

"I must pay,'' he said.

UPDATE: Teen sobs as he is charged with manslaughter over fatal car crash

It is understood the driver had been at large after the accident happened late on Friday night.

Police confirmed this afternoon that a man was assisting officers in relation to this case.

A spokeswoman said police were not looking for anyone else.

The 18-year-old passenger who died in the crash has been identified as Alexia Noble-Hazelwood.

Three people were also injured in the crash and taken to hospital for treatment.

Emergency services were called to Gloucester St, in Christchurch, at 11.15pm after being alerted.

The vehicle involved had earlier been pursued by police. However, the pursuit was abandoned just minutes before the accident, police said.

Family and friends of Noble-Hazelwood have paid tribute to "our beautiful angel'' and have set up a Givealittle page to help her family pay for her funeral.

In a family notice published today, the Noble-Hazelwood family paid tribute to a beloved daughter to Angela and Denis and cherished sister to Kandie, Darson, Sharn, Shila and her twin brother Zackery.

Her funeral will be held in Upper Riccarton on Thursday.


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