Accused pleads not guilty to pushing teen onto highway
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.