Speed, alcohol and a lack of seatbelts were all likely contributing factors to the "horrible" Wellington crash which killed a teenage girl.
On Wednesday evening the car, carrying three teenagers, careened off the road at Shelly Bay and landed on the rocks below.
A 17-year-old girl died at the scene, and two boys aged 17 and 18 were rushed to hospital.
The 17-year-old remains in intensive care in a serious condition, while the 18-year-old has been discharged.
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Inspector Wade Jennings told The Herald today investigations were ongoing but it was "highly likely" speed and alcohol were involved as well as a lack of seatbelts.
While one occupant was wearing a belt, it's thought the two others were not.
"It's a horrible crash and a really pointless death," Jennings said.
"There's an ongoing investigation into whether charges will be laid."
A karakia was carried out at Shelly Bay on Thursday by representatives for the mana whenua, Te Āti Awa Taranaki Whānui.
A rāhui has been placed over the area for five days. It covers the stretch of Shelly Bay Rd from where the crash occurred, up to the Guard Hut – a distance of a few hundred metres.