Police have charged a passenger and drivers of three cars with operating a vehicle in a race causing death and injury, after a crash on the outskirts of Napier earlier this year.
Maree Schafer, 18, of Napier, died in the February 19 crash on Sandy Rd, Meeanee. Police allege the car Miss Schafer was a passenger in was involved in a high-speed race with another car when the crash occurred.
The alleged 19-year-old driver of that car and drivers of the two other cars, aged 20 and 17, have been charged, along with the front-seat passenger from one of the vehicles, aged 18.
All are from Napier. Police said one was a disqualified driver and one a learner driver.
The alleged offences also relate to aiding, abetting, inciting, counselling, or procuring a person to operate a vehicle in a race which resulted in death or injury.
Miss Schafer was set to begin a hairdressing course at the Eastern Institute of Technology the next day. She was a keen photographer and singer.
The former Central Hawke's Bay College student was the eldest of six children, all girls, and her grandparents had been closely involved in her upbringing.
Her family declined to speak to Hawke's Bay Today yesterday.
The three drivers and the passenger were granted interim name suppression when they appeared in Napier District Court on Monday. They were granted bail to appear again on August 7.
Police said it was a warning to anyone involved in boy racer activity that they could end up facing serious charges and be held culpable for the consequences.
That included passengers and spectators, or anyone else who encouraged or aided someone to commit such offences.