Man named in fatal Dargaville crash

Police have released the name of the 19-year-old Dargaville man who died in a crash yesterday.

He was Anthony Charles Matich.

Emergency services were called to the crash on Pouto Rd, just south of Mount Wesley Coast Rd about 1.35am yesterday, and police believe alcohol and excessive speed may have contributed to the crash.

Sergeant Maria Nordstrom, of Dargaville police, said seven young people were believed to have been in the north-bound Subaru car when it crashed off a moderate "S" bend on the road and landed on its roof in a deep ditch beside the road.

Initial reports suggested that two people may have been travelling in the car's boot or hatch and all bar one person in the vehicle is understood to have been thrown from it.

Police said the Dargaville man died at the scene while two others were airlifted to Whangarei Hospital with serious injuries.

- Northern Advocate

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