Bodies of Kenyan crash victims return home

CHRIS GARDNER
Last updated 05:00 21/01/2013
'TWO WONDERFUL PEOPLE': Dr Brian and Grace Johnston, two of three people from a Bethlehem College group killed in a minivan crash in Kenya.
'TWO WONDERFUL PEOPLE': Dr Brian and Grace Johnston, two of three people from a Bethlehem College group killed in a minivan crash in Kenya.
FORMER STUDENT: Caitlin Dickson, 19, was in Kenya with a group from Bethlehem College when she was killed.
FORMER STUDENT: Caitlin Dickson, 19, was in Kenya with a group from Bethlehem College when she was killed in a minivan crash.

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The bodies of three New Zealanders killed in a Kenyan mini-van crash last week are to arrive home today.

Doctor Brian Johnston, his wife Grace and 19-year-old Caitlin Dickson were killed in the crash when their mini-van rolled into a ditch. Kenyan bus driver Christopher Mmata was also killed.

The three were among seven adults and a dozen Bethlehem College students working at the Ark Quest Academy in the village of Mahanga.

Bethlehem College principal Eoin Crosbie, said the dead were on their way to New Zealand last night with the first group of students. Funeral notices would be published today.

"Another group is due home the next day and yet another a couple of days after that. The final group may be next weekend," he said.

"All of this is subject to medical clearance to fly and seat availability on aircraft."

Only one student was expected to need to stay for a longer time in Kenya because of injuries.

"We are looking at the scenario of this person staying on with support, either from a team member staying in Nairobi or by sending over family members. Planning around this is under way, should it be required," Mr Crosbie said.

Meanwhile, Bethlehem College has established bank accounts for people wishing to give financial support.

Johnston Family Donations can be made to account number 02 0466 0057025 01 for the Johnston children and will be administered by the college. Donations for families of the driver and other Kenyans involved in the accident can be made to account number 02 0466 0057025 02.

Ark Quest donations can be made to account 02 0466 0057025 024.

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