Update: Northland Speedway inquest complete


A coronial inquest into the death of a teenage mini stock car driver at a Northland demolition derby wrapped up in Whangarei shortly before lunch today.

Northland coroner Brandt Shortland is expected to make recommendations on safety aspects of the race, including provision of adequate medical assistance during races, as part of his findings.

Tauranga student Samantha Body-Mouat, 15, died after she slammed a car into a concrete wall on April 3, 2010.

She was competing in the Easter Stampede and Demolition Derby at Kaikohe Speedway on April 3, 2010.

Her mother Lisa Strydom said despite the tragic death of Samantha, mini stock car races were safe and should continue.

The sport was safe, but could be made safer as her daughter was the only mini stock driver that got killed in 14 years.

She said no other parent should go through the trauma that her family experienced after losing a loved one.

Eight witnesses gave evidence during the two-day inquest.

- Northern Advocate

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