Friday, February 22, 2013
The Press headline reads, TEEN KILLED IN POLICE CHASE.
According to the story published, young men in a car stolen earlier in Kaiapoi north of Christchurch failed to stop for police in the Eastern Suburbs then crashed following a brief pursuit on Dyers Road when the fleeing car failed to negotiate curves after the police had called off the chase, killing a 15 yo passenger.
Police claim the car was traveling at speeds up to 90kph in a 50 zone and at times used the opposing lane.
Many of the roads in that eastern area are still very uneven with unstable surfaces and even at 50 kph are unsafe.
The unfortunate deceased died in a crash.
The Police had ended the chase.
The 15 yo was in the car by choice.
The driver could have pulled over.
The teen did not die in the chase.
Was he wearing a seatbelt.
Sadly he died in the sudden stop
A more accurate Headline could read;
DRIVER FLEES POLICE, KILLS PASSENGER.
Sadly, blaming the Boys in Blue is more attractive to a dumbed down deficient Media.