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Police closing in on quad bike crash driver

Published: 5:36AM Tuesday January 08, 2013 Source: Fairfax

Police are zeroing in on the person who was driving a quad bike when it crashed in Hawke's Bay, nearly claiming the life of a 6-year-old girl.

Officers were last night interviewing the last adult involved in the crash and today hoped to have a clear idea of who was driving at the time.

The Dominion Post understands police were to interview Rhys Liley, 20, in Hawke's Bay Hospital last night.

Liley was one of four adults on the quad bike, which veered off a Hawke's Bay road about midnight last Wednesday.

Daniel Shorrock, 28, his daughter Ashlee, 6, girlfriend Stephanie Lucas, 22, Liley and Kevin Frater, 29, piled on a quad bike about 11.15pm at Waimarama and headed up the winding Okaihau Rd before crashing down a roadside bank.

Police say all the adults were intoxicated and neighbours have reported seeing the group grab a box of bourbon and cola before going "hooning".

Sergeant Ray Kirkby said the quad's driver had not yet been identified as "no-one is nominating a driver".

"The ones I've interviewed so far are either saying they can't remember or: it wasn't me.

"Things are pointing in one particular direction but until I've spoken to the final person, I can't really say who was driving."

Ms Lucas, who sat on the front of the bike holding Ashlee, has been reported as saying she was not intoxicated but could not remember who was driving.

Ms Lucas' employer, Marianne Poszeluk, said she had resigned from her job at Jarks Cafe over the weekend.

Ashlee suffered serious head injuries after she was flung from the quad bike and was in an induced coma until the weekend.

She is now in a stable condition in Auckland's Starship Children's Hospital.

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