Three people killed in a car crash following a police chase in Gisborne have been named.
Dylan Kingi, 28, Holly Gunn, 25, Peter Bunyan, 27, were found dead when emergency service arrived at the scene.
Police tried to pull over the white Mitsubishi the three were travelling in at about 9.30pm last night, but the driver did not stop and instead sped off.
Officers followed the car for about 90 seconds. Two minutes later police say they discovered the car smashed into a power pole on a semi-rural bend near Cameron Rd.
The sole survivor of the crash, a 25-year-old female, is in a stable condition in Gisborne Hospital's Intensive Care Unit after suffering serious head injuries from being thrown from the car.
Ambulance staff say it is a miracle she survived.
"Those inside stood no chance of survival and that's the miracle that one person has got out of that car and was sort of walking around when we arrived and was able to communicate with us," Shane Clapperton from St John told ONE News.
Police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority are investigating the crash. They are appealing for any sightings including a man they spoke to at a bridge, minutes before the crash.
Police would not let ONE News film the car after its removal from the site.
Police Association President Greg O'Connor said it was another tragedy resulting from people refusing to stop for police.
"They've continued and even though police have clearly stopped the chase, they've continued to drive dangerously and they're dead," he said.
O'Connor said it is not uncommon for drivers to take on police
"What we have seen is that as drivers and criminals on the road have become more aware of the restrictions on police, more of them are having a go, driving dangerously and there are more accidents."
Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen the car in the area.