Airbags save local teenager

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A local teenager had a lucky escape when her car crashed into a pole after missing a stop sign at the intersection of Faulks Road and Mt Barker Road on Monday, May 15.

Her mother Carrie Berkey spoke to the Wanaka Sun about the accident.

“As she came to the intersection Lucy missed stopping at the stop sign because she was adjusting her radio. The pole was at the end of the road and she ran right into it.”

The airbags deployed, saving Lucy from the full force of the impact. She walked away from the crash with a sore neck and a burn on her leg.

“My neighbour was amazing. She got to Lucy first and helped her. I couldn’t contact her right away as she didn’t have her phone with her. I’m so thankful my neighbour was there to help her out. We have such caring people in our community. Everyone always looks out for each other,” Carrie said.

“I am as guilty as the teens with being distracted and also need to work on this myself. This could have been her life lost over something so simple as looking away and being distracted. I want all teens to remember two hands on the wheel at all times, and slow down,” Carrie said.

Just last week Mount Aspiring College Year 12 dean Heather Watt sent an email to students and parents about Police ticketing two students carrying passengers when on restricted licences, reminding them no passengers were allowed.

Carrie said teenagers needed to follow the rules.

“We all get caught up in our lives, we are all so busy, but the rules are there for a reason,” she said.

Wanaka Police were contacted for comment, but were not available prior to going to print.


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