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Car drives off with front door lodged in windscreen after crashing into house

A teenager crashed into a house and then carried on driving with the front door lodged in the car’s windscreen and roof. 

West Yorkshire Police were called to Dewsbury at 7.43pm on Friday where an 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

His silver Audi crashed into another car before it hit a house and drove off with a door attached to it ‘for several metres’. 

The driver was taken to hospital for head injuries that are thought not to be serious. 

The police are still investigating what happened and have asked anyone who has not yet spoken to them to contact the Western Area Roads Policing Unit on 101 referencing police log 1555 of November 20.

West Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Unit tweeted: ‘Driver collided with a vehicle, then the front porch of a house – before then continuing to drive for several metres with front door attached to car. 

‘Driver arrested suspected unfit through drink/drugs.’

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Boy, 19, dies in crash a year after his brother 17, was killed in separate smash

A 19 year-old student has been killed in a car crash just a year and two months after his 17 year-old brother died in a separate smash. Payton Blalock, of Marshall in Texas, died on Friday when an 18-wheeler hit his truck as he attempted to make a turn.

The Blalock family was hit by a similar tragedy last September when Payton’s 17 year-old son Hayden died after his truck hit a feral hog, went off the road and rolled over several times before striking a culvert, ejecting Hayden from his car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Marshall Police Department issued a statement in the wake of Payton’s death, saying: ‘The men and women of the Marshall Police Department offer our deepest condolences to the Blalock family during this unimaginably difficult time.’

Payton, who worked as a surveyor, and Hayden are survived by their parents Craig and Danielle Blalock, as well as their sister Emily. The brothers both played for the Marshall Mavericks, and wore sweater number 94.

An online obituary for Payton read: ‘Payton loved Dairy Queen and was always more than willing to spend time eating ice cream with his sister, Emily, whom he adored. 

‘He believed nobody could cook pork chops like his grandma. 

‘He enjoyed his time chilling out with friends, listening to music, “composing” rap songs and was recently learning how to play the guitar. 

‘Payton had a free spirit with an incredible sense of humor, always having a quick witted response for family and friends.

‘He was an extraordinary young man who cared deeply about others.

‘He was employed as a Rodman by MTX Surveying, a job he loved and was the life of the party at work. 

‘He will be remembered for his love of life, his goofiness and his big, beautiful, blue eyes.’

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Gisborne crash: Partner and two children killed at Te Araroa identified

The names of those killed in Monday’s triple-fatal crash near Te Araroa have been released.

They are 43-year-old woman Tiny Tibble, 14-year-old boy Ashton-Lee Rangihuna, and 10-year-old girl Ana-Roimata Rangihuna.

The trio were killed yesterday morning after her vehicle left State Highway 35 just north of Te Araroa, hit a tree and rolled.

Lance Rangihuna – the woman’s partner and children’s father – died in a crash at the same site a month earlier.

Ashton-Lee had paid tribute to his father as “a real hard worker and the best dad I could ever ask for”.

Detective Sergeant Eric Hunter said inquiries into the circumstances of yesterday’s crash were ongoing and the matter would be referred to the coroner.

“This was an absolute tragedy and there will be many in the community affected,” Hunter said.

“Police, Victim Support and other partner agencies are working to support the whānau, friends and community.”

Yesterday’s crash has left the tight-knit Te Araroa community of about 200 people where “everybody knows each other” in shock at what is being described as an “unimaginable” tragedy.

Emergency services responded to yesterday’s crash, near Tokata Rd just past Karakatuwhero Bridge, about 5.45am.

The four-wheel-drive Land Cruiser was on its roof on the side of the road when the first fire crew arrived.

Te Araroa and Tikitiki firefighters responded, along with police. St John Ambulance from Ruatoria was also called out. St John officers pronounced the victims dead at the scene.

Pahuru-Huriwai confirmed the victims were from the same whānau as the crash on October 15 which happened in the same place, but declined to comment further as police had not yet formally released their names.

On October 15 Rangihunadied just before 7.30am in a single-vehicle crash.

Police were continuing their investigation into the cause of that crash and would not comment further, a spokeswoman said.

Te Araroa fire chief Dick Cook attended both crashes and knew the whānau personally.

“It was exactly the same place, the same tree,” he told the Herald.

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