Truck driver appears in court
A truck driver involved in a fatal crash that killed an elderly Taranaki couple appeared in court this morning.
Henry Anthony Tawhai, 53, of Palmerston North, faces two charges of driving dangerously causing death and one of driving under the influence of drugs.
He entered no pleas before a registrar in the Palmerston North District Court and was remanded on bail until next month.
On May 28, Tawhai’s truck flipped on State Highway 3 near Motunui, east of New Plymouth, and lost a load of metal pipes.
These crushed a car in which Urenui couple Ern and Nancy Sutton, both 83, were travelling.
They died at the scene.
Tawhai was taken to Taranaki Base Hospital with moderate arm injuries and was later in intensive care and faced surgery.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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