Please note: This story contains reference to someone who has died.


An Indigenous woman has died in a car accident following a police pursuit in Darwin on Sunday morning.

The Northern Territory Police are treating the death as a death in custody.

The two-car collision occurred at 2.30am on Sunday morning at the intersection of Trower Road and Lakeside Drive in Alawa, north of Darwin CBD.

According to a statement from NT Police, a Hyundai Hatchback carrying four adults ran a red light at the intersection during a police pursuit, and hit a car carrying only the driver.

Police, Fire and Emergency Services attended the scene and CPR was performed on the 36-year-old female passenger in the hatchback. She died at the scene.

“This is a tragic incident for all involved,” said Detective Superintendent Peter Kennon.

“Detectives from Crime Division are undertaking an independent investigation on behalf of the Coroner.

“This matter has been determined to be investigated as a death in custody with the investigation having oversight by the Professional Standards Command.”

Others involved in the crash were taken to Royal Darwin Hospital.

The 21-year-old hatchback driver was taken into police custody at the hospital.

According to a statement released late Sunday evening, the driver has been charged with driving a motor vehicle causing death and serious harm, three counts of reckless endangerment of life, dangerous driving during a pursuit, driving unregistered and unlicensed, and failing to obey the direction of police.

He has been remanded and is scheduled to appear in court on May 19.

By Rachael Knowles