The 14-year-old killed in a crash near Turangi on Sunday has been name as Roman Biddle from Taupo.

Police believe he was at the wheel of a four-wheel-drive, also carrying a 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy, that rolled on a gravel road.

The two other teens received minor injuries.

Police said inquiries into the incident were continuing but the dead boy was not wearing a seatbelt.


"Police cannot emphasis enough the importance of wearing safety belts on all journeys," said Senior Sergeant Fane Troy.