School support for families

By Amy Shanks

A Napier school has opened trust accounts in the name of two students who were critically injured in a car accident last Thursday, to provide "ongoing support" for their families.

William Colenso College pupils Noel Eparaima, 16, and TeRangi Carroll, 17, received life threatening injuries after a drunken drag race which saw the car they were in hit a concrete abutment and become airborne, before rolling.

The accident happened on Racecourse Rd in Waipukurau about 11pm, when the boys left a party with two women - 18-year-old Hope Pere and the car's driver, 19-year-old Menassah Fraser.

Mr Eparaima remained in a critical condition at Hawke's Bay Hospital last night with back and leg injuries, while Mr Carroll suffered severe brain swelling and had to be transferred to Wellington Hospital on Friday. He was in a serious but stable condition in ICU. William Colenso College principal Daniel Murfitt said the pair were in his thoughts and prayers.

"This is a tragic event which has had and will continue to have an impact on Noel, Te Rangi, the two girls, their friends, families, and many people connected to our school community."

He described Mr Eparaima as a sport loving "character", and said Mr Carroll was "well liked", with a large group of friends. "Everyone ... no matter how they are connected to the boys and their families are thinking about them and wanting to provide support in some way.

"We know that this support is crucial both now and for the unknown challenges that lie ahead. One of the many ways our school community is able to help is by the setting up of two trust accounts to support Noel and Te Rangi."

Mr Eparaima's family wanted to thank friends and the community for their overwhelming kindness, adding that Noel was doing "as well as can be expected".

Donations can be made to the Westpac Bank: Noel Eparaima 03-1517-0045820-000 or Te Rangi Carroll 03-1517-0045839-000.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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