Driver reportedly hooning before fatal crash

January 5, 2024 7:43 am in by
12-year-old Mia Rossiter died following a collision in Stonehaven on Wednesday. (Image: GoFundMe - Support for Mia Rossiter's family).

A North Shore man is believed to have been hooning and driving prior to a collision that claimed the life of a child in Stonehaven on Wednesday night.

A 28-year-old man remains under police guard in hospital after his car crashed into a Holden Barina along the Hamilton Highway around 9pm, killing a 12-year-old girl who was a rear passenger in the Barina.

The white Holden Berlina allegedly driven by a 28-year-old North Shore man involved in the crash.(Image: Police Media).
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Members of the girls family inside the car were also injured, including a 7-year-old girl who remains at the Royal Children’s Hospital in a critical condition.

Investigators are following up reports the 28-year-old’s car was seen overtaking or attempting to overtake other motorists just prior to the collision.

They are also appealing for anyone who saw the man’s white Holden Berlina earlier in the evening as it is understood it was seen driving in an erratic manner.

The earlier incident on Evans Road in Lovely Banks around 7.45pm (video above), wasn’t reported to police at the time.

A 21-year-old passenger in the Berlina also from North Shore was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

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Anyone who witnessed the erratic manner of driving or with dashcam is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or

Meantime, a GoFundMe page has been set up for the girls family from Lismore, you can view the page here.


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