This Palmerston North story ran on TV3 on Monday, but I'm only just getting around to it. A later newspaper report is here at Stuff.
For those lacking interest in following links: Bozo's one of a group of a hoons in a Falcon that gets driven into a tree. Bozo ends up 28 meters from the wreck with head injuries. Remaining hoons do a runner, despite the fairly substantial identification aid left at the scene in the form of a wrecked vehicle. Cops arrive, have no way of telling how many were in the car or where they are now, do a search anyway, but for some unfathomable reason fail to find a guy in the dark, in drizzle, under a bush, nearly 100 feet from the wreck.
Next morning Bozo's dad goes looking for him, finds him reasonably easy in broad daylight and knowing he was there somewhere, so berates the Police for failing to find him. TV3 runs with this "Police incompetence" story, like the dumbasses they are.
Let's do some more rational blame-apportioning, shall we? Here's a ranked list:
1. The stupid fuck who drove his car into a tree. Napier Rd's not difficult to navigate, unless you make it difficult by driving like a stupid fuck.
2. Bozo, who patently didn't wear a seatbelt and was entirely predictably flung from the vehicle and suffered serious and completely avoidable injuries.
3. Bozo's stupid fuck "mates," who immediately left him to die.
4. The Police officers who attended the scene but missed finding Bozo under entirely understandable circumstances.
The only item on that ordered list that can legitimately be filed under "Don't worry about it, shit happens" is number 4. Excellent reporting, TV3.
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