Police name crash victim


A 19-year-old Alexandra man killed in a car crash on Thursday night has been remembered as a polite, respectful, friendly young man with tremendous potential.
Ravineel Avikash Sharma was the front seat passenger in a Nissan car that crashed into a tree on Coates Road, near the Alexandra Airport, just before midnight on Thursday.
Police said Mr Sharma and the driver, a 19-year-old Ranfurly man, were initially trapped and the third man, the rear passenger, another 19-year-old from Alexandra, escaped with minor injuries and raised the alarm.
Mr Sharma died at the scene. The Ranfurly man was flown by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital with critical injuries and remains in a serious condition in the intensive care unit, while the rear seat passenger is recovering at home.
A police spokesman said the investigation into the crash was continuing, but speed and alcohol were believed to be “significant factors” in the investigation.
“This was a completely preventable crash, which has claimed the life of a young man,” senior sergeant Ian Kerrisk, of Alexandra, said.Otago Daily Times

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