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Unidentified woman in critical condition

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/01/2017

The driver of a car that crashed while fleeing police in south Auckland has died, and police are trying to identify a critically injured female passenger.

They have grave concerns for the wellbeing of the woman who was a back seat passenger.

About 10.30pm on Saturday, the car failed to stop for police, ran a red light while travelling north on Great South Road in Manukau, and hit an SUV which was driving down Cavendish Drive.

Police are appealing to the public to help identify the critically injured women, who they say is about 25 to 30 years old.

She is Maori or Polynesian and has a number of tattoos, including one on her right knee, a musical note on her left inside ankle and a large one on her inside of her left forearm.

"This whole attitude of failing to stop for police needs to end," Inspector Dave Glossop, the area commander, says.

"Whatever that person has done is not more important than the community's lives, or their own life."

He said the passengers of the SUV that was hit had serious, but not life threatening, injuries.

They were thrown out of the rare windscreen of the car, and Insp Glossop said they are lucky their injuries aren't worse.

The police investigation into the matter is ongoing and the Independent Police Conduct Authority has been notified.

"It's just reckless behaviour."

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