Family shaken after crash

An Invercargill teen is facing careless driving and driving while disqualified charges after flipping a Toyota Hilux on the banks of the Arrow River - only metres from where a Wellington family was gathered.

The 18-year-old male driver of the 4X4 was part of a group in two vehicles that had driven up the river to Macetown on Easter Monday and returned just after 1pm.

Sergeant Tracy Haggart said the man had passed the entry point the party took to get to the river, on Butler's Green, near the historic Chinese Miner's Village in Arrowtown.

"He's gone to turn, but hit an embankment, gone over its edge and ended up in the river," she said.

The three other occupants of the vehicle were "all OK", but the Wellington family of two parents and two children aged 5 and 11 were left shaken and alarmed to have the vehicle flip only four metres from where they were on the river bank, Haggart said.

The driver will face charges in the Queenstown District Court on Monday. The vehicle has been impounded.


The Southland Times