Accused pleads not guilty to pushing teen onto highway

A man has pleaded not guilty to pushing a teen onto a state highway, moments before he was hit by a car and will ...
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A man has pleaded not guilty to pushing a teen onto a state highway, moments before he was hit by a car and will reappear in the New Plymouth District Court in June.

A man accused of pushing a teenager onto the road before he was hit by a car has pleaded not guilty.

Zachary Wilmshurst-Reti was charged after an incident on State Highway 3 in New Plymouth last month which left a 19-year-old man with serious injuries.

It is alleged Wilmshurst-Reti pushed the victim onto the road, before he was struck by a car travelling at 90 kilometres an hour.

The teen was flung 20 metres through the air and suffered concussion, a shattered lower left leg, cracked ribs, cuts and bruising.

During Thursday's appearance in the New Plymouth District Court, the 25-year-old pleaded not guilty to a charge of injures if death, manslaughter.

He also faces two charges of driving while disqualified and a breach of community work to which he pleaded guilty.

Wilmshurst-Reti will reappear in court on June 22.

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