Mother charged with dangerous driving causing death of her son
A mother has been charged with dangerous driving causing the death of her eight-year-old son.
James Crous was killed in a a nose-to-tail crash in Napier in April when the car his mother was driving failed to stop for a line of traffic.
Kim Crous, 38, allegedly failed to slow for a 300-metre queue of vehicles waiting at roadworks. The car struck the back of an SUV, pushing both vehicles forward by 25 to 30 metres.
The mother has been charged with dangerous driving causing the death of James; dangerous driving causing injury to James's younger sister, who was in the car at the time; and dangerous driving causing injury to a woman in the car that was hit.
She will appear in Napier District Court next month to enter a plea.
In the days following James's death his grieving family released a statement saying they would miss his gentle nature.
"Dear Jamsie, we will always remember your beautiful smile, big hugs, and soft heart," his father, Ben Crous, said in the statement.
"We know that you are safe in heaven," the statement continued.
James, known as 'Balla', was described by others as someone who put his heart and soul into everything he did.
In a post on the church's Facebook page, his pastor Derik Kotze said James would "light up heaven" with his personality.
They lived in Whakatane at first, then moved to Hawke's Bay several years ago.