Teens in fatal crash thought to be home in bed

GRIEF-STRICKEN: Friends of the three teenagers who died in a car crash near Southbridge lay flowers at the scene. PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN

Teenagers involved in the tragic car crash at Southbridge had fooled their parents they were asleep in bed.

Police revealed yesterday that when they knocked on doors to inform parents of the tragedy, some parents thought their children were at home.

Constable Herb Inwood said one family initially didn’t believe their son had been involved in a crash, saying they had only just checked on him in his bedroom.

“So, I said: ‘You’ll have to have another look,’ and when they pulled the covers back the pillows had been stuffed-in to make it look like he was still in bed,” he said.

Other parents too believed their children were asleep as well when police arrived.

Lily Frances Moore, Samuel James Drost, both of Prebbleton, and Cole Troy Hull, all aged 15, were killed when the car they were passengers in failed to take a corner on Harts Rd.

Lily Moore
Sam Drost
Cole Hull


It crashed into a row of trees after being airborne for about 14m, police say. Police believe the crash happened late on Sunday night but the wreckage was not found until 2.20am by passerby Katrina Martin.

The 14-year-old driver was seriously hurt, while a fifth teen, Alex Brown, received minor injuries.

Police confirmed yesterday that they are investigating an altercation between the teenagers and another group some time on Sunday at the end of Timber Yard Rd at Lake Ellesmere.

Constable Inwood said police are making inquiries into what exactly happened between the two groups but was unable to comment further.

The other party involved in the altercation had come forward and spoken to police after they learned about the crash.

Speed was a factor in the crash, and a blood sample from the driver was taken for analysis.

Five people were in the Nissan Tiida when it crashed. The car belonged to Samuel’s mother, and the unlicensed driver did not have permission to take it.

Lily was a student at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Cole attended Ellesmere College and Samuel was a student at Lincoln High School.

Samuel’s funeral will be held at the Harewood Crematorium Chapel, Wilkinsons Rd, tomorrow.

Lily will have a private service on January 4.