Charges likely after Thursday crashes

By Rebecca Savory

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A 17-year-old man is likely to face charges after he crashed his car while driving alone on a learner license on 
Thursday. PHOTO/GEORGE NOVAK
A 17-year-old man is likely to face charges after he crashed his car while driving alone on a learner license on Thursday. PHOTO/GEORGE NOVAK

Two Bay drivers are likely to face charges following two separate crashes yesterday.

An 87-year-old woman was driving on Beach Rd in Katikati when she hit an 8-year-old boy at a school patrol crossing about 4.36pm, head of Western Bay road policing Senior Sergeant Ian Campion said.

The Katikati woman crashed into a school patrol sign outside Katikati Primary School before hitting and knocking the boy to the ground, he said.

"The boy sustained, very fortunately, only minor injuries."

The woman would likely face charges in relation to the crash, he said.

Earlier the same day a teenage boy on his learner licence lost control of his car on a residential Greerton Rd, knocking down a fence and slamming into the side of a house.

Emergency services were called to the crash on Oban Rd in Greerton shortly before 1pm and the teen was taken to hospital for observation, Constable Andrew McDonald said at the scene.

The 17-year-old Tauranga driver was driving contrary to the rules of his learner licence, Mr Campion said.

The conditions of a New Zealand learner licence outline the driver must not drive without a supervisor in the front passenger seat.

"Charges are likely to follow," Mr Campion said.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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