Palmerston North crash driver jailed
A Palmerston North man who caused a car crash which injured three women, one of whom has since died, has been sent to prison.
Jonathon Edward James Moore, 22, was sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court today to 18 months' prison for three charges of dangerous driving causing injury in relation to the June 5 crash.
He was also disqualified from driving for two years and six months, and ordered to pay one of his victims $3300 reparation for insurance fees and dental work.
Moore was driving a Subaru WRX along Vogel St at about 1.30pm, when he passed a bus and crashed into a Mazda which was finishing a u-turn.
The three passengers in the Mazda were trapped and had to be cut free by the Palmerston North fire brigade.
All three women suffered injuries and were taken to Palmerston North Hospital.
One of the passengers, 88-year-old Shirley Margaret Greer, died in hospital six weeks later.
Moore walked away from the crash unscathed. Police are still doing research to see if Moore can be charged with dangerous driving causing death in relation to Mrs Greer's passing.
Judge Gregory Ross said he had to sentence Moore on the fact all three women were injured, although the injuries were extremely serious.
He addressed the victims' supporters, seated in the public gallery for most of the sentencing, explaining to them the way sentencing worked.
"This procedure itself is not designed to give satisfaction or pleasure to any party.
"It is based on law, and this defendant will be sentenced according to the law for the offending he has committed.
"There is sometimes a lack of understanding of those complications, that can lead to defeated expectations and misunderstands from victims."
Moore's driving conviction history was minor, he had pleaded guilty at an early opportunity and had expressed some remorse, the judge said.
On the other hand, he had been driving at more than double the speed limit on a busy suburban street.