Death and injury charges dismissed
A 31-year-old Awanui man has been acquitted on charges of aggravated careless driving causing death and injury.
Tae Murray’s trial, before Judge Ajit Singh, began in the Kaitaia District Court and was completed in Kaikohe. Judge Singh dismissed the charges in Kaikohe on Wednesday, after hearing submissions from the prosecution and defence.
His written decision has yet to be released. The charges related to the death of a 44-year-old man and the injuring of another, who was flown by rescue helicopter to Whanga¯ rei Hospital in a critical condition, after they were struck by a vehicle driven by Murray on the Awanui Straight in the early hours of November 24, 2017.
A 40-year-old woman was taken to Kaitaia Hospital by ambulance with moderate injuries.
All three had been walking north, the same direction in which Murray was travelling.