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A teenager's last words before a horror car crash that ended his life were: “I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die”.
The 14-year-old told his chilling last words to a friend after the two took a car for a joyride.
His friend begged him, seconds before they careered down a steep bank: “Don’t die,” and said he loved him before rushing to get help.
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Emergency assistance came but when they arrived Simon Norris was dead.
A coroner in New Zealand concluded the tragedy was “inevitable” and cited the teenager's lack of driving experience and the vehicle's over-inflated tyres as it went downhill on gravel.
Simon Norris had gone to his 13-year-old mate's home in for a sleepover on March 5, last year.
His friend’s mum said she made food before going to bed at around 7pm.
Afterwards, Simon wanted to take a car for a drive. His pal reportedly tried to call home after the crash but his phone had no SIM card and he walked home to tell his mum about the accident.
Simon was pulled out of the out of the vehicle but emergency services confirmed he was dead when they arrived.
His system reportedly had no evidence of any drugs or alcohol, an autopsy found.
No braking signs were evident and no-one was wearing a seatbelt, but three tyres were overinflated, which may have been significant.
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But the teenage passenger said Simon “lost control” as they turned on a bend in the road.
It was reported that Simon was driving at least 31 mph when the car went off the road.
The coroner offered his condolences to Simon’s family and made no recommendations at the hearing.
His dad, Ch’e Norris was devastated by the incident but said his son had never driven before.
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