Pair in fiery fatal crash named

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The two people killed in a fiery car crash near Waiouru on Monday were from Ohakune.

Ryan David Campbell Thompson, 24, and Hereina Paul, 23, were in the car when it went over a bank about 10pm and caught fire.

Mr Thompson was the driver of the car, which crashed south of Waiouru.

Firefighters from Waiouru and Taihape attended the crash but were unable to rescue the occupants of the car, and St John paramedics found two people dead when they arrived at the scene at 10.35pm.

Nobody else was involved in the crash.

Police extended their sympathies to the families of the victims.

A funeral service for Ms Paul will be held on Monday at 11am in Ohakune, and a service for Mr Thompson will be held on Monday at 1pm in Raetihi.

Ms Paul is believed to be the same woman facing sentence on charges relating to the Ohakune manhunt last year.

She had pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to attempted murder and helping Dolphy Kohu avoid arrest after shooting at police officers. She also pleaded guilty to unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

At a court appearance last year, Mr Kohu and Ms Paul stood together in the dock, hugging and kissing.

Mr Kohu died in prison in January.

Police would not identify Ms Paul as the person involved in the manhunt.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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