Charges laid following two serious crashes
A 22-year-old Auckland man and a 70 year-old Australian have been charged and are due to appear in courts following two separate serious crashes in Taupo, and one on the Desert Road earlier this year.
The Auckland man has been charged with careless driving causing death on January 7 where Nick Calavrias of Wellington was struck and killed while cycling along State Highway One in Taupo.
Calavrias, 67, was the former chief executive of Wellington company Steel & Tube and was known as a giant of the New Zealand steel industry.
He was an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
The Auckland man will be appearing in Taupo District Court on April 5.
As for the Australian, he's been charged on five counts of careless driving causing injury and will be appearing at the Rotorua District Court on April 19.
These charges relate to a crash on State Highway One, Desert Road, on March 5.
A 29-year-old German will also be appearing at the Taupo District Court after being charged with three counts of careless driving causing injury as a result of head on crash on State Highway 47 in Turangi on March 13.
"These crashes have affected a number of people, whanau and families, and the wider community," said Senior Sergeant Fane Troy of the Taupo Area Road Policing Group.
"Police cannot reiterate enough to wear your seatbelts, slow down, if tired have a break and if you have been drinking then do not drive."