Teenage driver of a stolen car crashed and died – just don’t call him feral

Eva Corlett, via RNZ

Morocco Tai, 15, died on Otara’s Bairds Road when his car collided with a tree, less than a minute after police began the chase.

Two 15-year-old women in the car were also injured – one seriously. …

Just over two weeks ago, Morocco had been a passenger in another stolen car that was driven at speed down the wrong side of the motorway.

“Literally hundreds of members of the public had their lives affected that day when that car was out of control. So, yeah, it’s a difficult situation. What young people see as joy-riding, today’s events show, there can be tragic outcomes.”

Mr Simpson was asked how Morocco was able to be back behind the wheel of a second stolen car so soon.

“That’s something I’m really unable to comment on. Police did their job when we apprehended him. After that, it’s not our issue.”

It is clear to me that his death was a better outcome than the deaths of any of the people he would almost certainly have caused had he been allowed to continue his reign of vehicular terror.

But, to protect myself and my family from any repercussions, this boy was clearly not feral.  He was a good boy who found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Everyone around him liked him and he always was the first to help out at church.  He stopped kicking kittens and he was making something of himself.  It’s a tragedy.

RNZ contacted Oranga Tamariki – formerly Child Youth and Family. The ministry would not comment…



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