Crash driver charged over deaths
An alleged drink-driver who crashed, killing two of his passengers, will appear in court next month - half a year after the incident.
Police investigating the van crash in Kumeu in August confirmed today they have charged the 22-year-old male driver of the vehicle.
Ashley Walsh, 20, and Tye Gibbs, 19, died after the van they were in crashed in Old North Rd.
The Waitemata serious crash unit recently completed its investigation and the driver will face two counts of driving with excess blood alcohol causing death.
He will appear in the Waitakere District Court on February 25.
Both Walsh and Gibbs were former Kaipara College students and there was an outpouring of grief online after the tragic incident.
On Walsh's Facebook page, friend Kim Wright said, "Rest in peace little girl. You were such a beautiful person inside and out and I can't even describe how much I am going to miss you. I'm so proud to say that you're one of my best friends and I'm so heartbroken that I'm never going to see you again. I love you so much."
A Facebook page was also set up for Gibbs called Rest in Heaven Tye Gibbs.
The page creator Lana Jean posted, "I distract myself to try not believe it but it's so hard when your [sic] constantly on my mind. I'm going to write you a letter so I can properly say good bye to you. Please watch over your brother and your mum. I know they have endless support from all the people you know but please keep them safe."
The driver of the van suffered only minor injuries in the smash.