Street racing death accused to fight charges
Two men charged in relation to alleged street racing that killed four people south of Hamilton in June last year are to fight the charges.
Dylan Cossey, 19, allegedly left the scene of the crash near Hamilton Airport with Stephen John Jones, 19, in the passenger seat.
The pair appeared before a registrar in the Hamilton District Court on Thursday morning, where they entered not guilty pleas to all charges.
Cossey is charged with street racing on Ohaupo Road on June 24, causing the death of Hannah Lei Strickett-Craze (24), Lance Tyrone Robinson (28), and Paul De Silva (20), from Waipa, and Jason McCormick Ross (19), from Taranaki.
The white Nissan Skyline the victims were travelling in hit an oncoming van at about 10pm. All four died at the scene.
At the time, police said speed and alcohol were believed to be factors in the crash.
Cossey is also charged with causing injury to van driver Matthew Scheepers and failing to stop to ascertain injury.
Jones is charged with inciting Cossey to drive "in an unnecessary exhibition of speed or acceleration" and thereby causing the death of the four victims.
The maximum penalty on those charges is 10 years' imprisonment.
Cossey is being represented by barrister Phillip Cornege, while Jones' case is being handled by Mike Curran.
A large crowd of supporters watched from the public gallery as the pair were remanded on continued bail, to next appear for a case review hearing on March 16.