A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has been killed and two of his friends seriously injured after the car they were in ploughed into a tree while trying to evade police in Perth.
It’s understood officers started pursuing the teens’ red Nissan Pulsar after its unlicensed driver failed to pull over for them in Lockridge around 5.30pm on Thursday.
Police reportedly tried pursuing and intercepting the vehicle twice but were forced to terminate the chase for safety reasons.
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A short time later, the Pulsar is said to have side-swiped a car at the intersection of the Great Northern and Reid highway’s before crashing around 6pm.
It’s understood the driver lost control of the vehicle after police deployed stingers to bring it to a stop.
The Pulsar then left the road and smashed into a tree at Hovea, killing the unlicensed 16-year-old driver.
The vehicle was destroyed, almost split in two on impact.
— Alexandra Ristway (@aristway27) February 9, 2018
An 18-year-old girl was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital in a stable condition, while a second 16-year-old boy sustained serious leg and spinal injuries.
He was trapped in the wreckage for around two hours before being freed by emergency services.
Firefighters had to cut the car apart to be able to reach the boy and remove him from the mangled mess.
The Major Crash Unit is now investigating all circumstances surrounding the crash and pursuits.
An internal affairs investigation has also been launched to determine whether the officers involved responded appropriately.
A 16 year old has been killed in a pursuit crash in Hovea overnight. pic.twitter.com/ks3ZnYMKMS
— 7 News Perth (@7NewsPerth) February 8, 2018