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Crash Victim's Condition Improving

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Christchurch, Dec 15 NZPA - The condition is improving for a woman badly injured in a central Christchurch crash where a teenager had allegedly unlawfully taken a car and was running from the police.

A week ago, Christchurch District Court was told that the woman might not live when 18-year-old Thomas Joseph Hancy -- also injured in the crash -- made a first court appearance.

But defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger said today: "There has been some improvement in the condition of the principal victim."

Hancy faces no charge in relation to the woman, and the police officer in charge of the case will not decide on a charge until the extent of her recovery is known.

Judge Stephen Erber today remanded Hancy in custody to January 9 when the police will have decided on the remaining charge.

Bail was refused by another judge at Hancy's appearance last week. He was limping and had obvious facial injuries from the crash on that day, but his condition has clearly improved.

Last week, the family of the crash victims applauded in court when he was remanded in custody. Today Hancy was calling and waving to people in the back of the court.

He has entered no pleas to charges of unlawfully taking the $5000 car from the Centennial Pool area, failing to stop for a police car using its lights and siren, reckless driving causing injury to the woman's partner and her child who were also in the other car at the time of the crash, driving while disqualified, and possession of a pair of scissors which are used for taking cars.

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