Boy charged with murder in highway death

Aug. 23, 2005 at 7:42 AM
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A 14-year-old New Zealand boy is charged with murder after tossing a piece of concrete from a bridge, hitting a car on the highway below and killing the driver.

The slab of concrete, weighing about 17 pounds, smashed through the windshield of a car driven by Chris Currie, 20, killing him instantly Friday night, the South China Morning Post reported Tuesday.

The car careened off the highway and crashed, slightly injuring three young women passengers.

Police arrested the teenager in the town of Manukau Monday night after making inquiries at a local school. Officers questioned two friends of the boy, but they were not charged in the incident.

The Manukau District Court Tuesday ordered the boy held in custody of the Child, Youth and Family service until his next court appearance Sept. 13.

Currie, a talented rugby player, was on his way to Auckland for a weekend match when the concrete shattered his car windshield on a highway close to the northern city.

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