Talented teen killed in car crash

By Mere McLean
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

An elder who lives near the site of a car crash that cut short the life of 16-year-old Ricky Pettigrew has urged people to take extreme care on the roads.

The accident occurred on Hikurangi Road, north of Katikati, ending the life of the promising young rugby player.

The debris of the fatal car crash over Labour Weekend remains scattered at the scene, north of Katikati, where 16-year-old Ricky Pettigrew lost his life. The crash occurred just metres from Bryan Nepia's home.

Mr Nepia of Ngāti Te Wai says the family is devastated; he described the teenager as a good boy who never answered back.

While police are hailing this years Labour weekend as having the lowest number of road fatalities the death of Ricky Pettigrew early yesterday morning was a devastating end to the holiday period.

Police are still investigating the area along Hikurangi Road, piecing together the circumstances of the accident. They say it's still too early to press charges, however one of the occupants of the vehicle remains in hospital, while another has been discharged. Ricky's older brother is believed to have fled the scene following the crash.

Ricky Pettigrew was a Year 11 student at Katikati College and dreamt of becoming an All Black one day. Te Kāea understands he will be cremated and will remain at his family's homestead in Tahawai.