Jury trial in fa­tal Brix­ton crash

Stratford Press - - News - By ABE LEACH New­stalkZB

A man has pleaded not guilty fol­low­ing a crash that claimed the life of a Taranaki teenager.

The 37 year old is charged with dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing death and elected trial by jury when he ap­peared in court last Thurs­day.

The two-ve­hi­cle crash hap­pened on the morn­ing of Au­gust 28 on State High­way 3 in Brix­ton, north of New Ply­mouth.

Eigh­teen-year-old Olivia Re­nee Keight­ley-Trigg was driv­ing the other car in­volved in the col­li­sion and died at the scene.

Not guilty pleas were also en­tered for charges of pos­sess­ing a meth pipe and cannabis plant, and re­fus­ing to give a blood sam­ple.

At New Ply­mouth District Court, de­fence coun­sel Paul Kee­gan ar­gued for in­terim name sup­pres­sion to con­tinue to give the ac­cused a fair trial.

Po­lice op­posed name sup­pres­sion, and Judge Garry Barkle told the court the Keight­ley-Trigg fam­ily sup­port that po­si­tion.

The judge de­clined an ap­pli­ca­tion to con­tinue in­terim name sup­pres­sion, but al­lowed a pe­riod for an ap­peal to be lodged, which will ex­pire on Septem­ber 26 at 4pm.

No ap­pli­ca­tion for bail was made and the man is re­manded in cus­tody to next ap­pear on No­vem­ber 22.

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Olivia Keight­leyTrigg was killed in the crash near Waitara on Au­gust 28, 2018.

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