Driver who crashed was tired, court told

00:41, Feb 26 2014

A 25-year-old Indian national crashed into a parked campervan resulting in serious injuries to his passenger, the Invercargill District Court has been told.

Nishit Mehta, 25, of India, appeared before Judge Christina Cook yesterday and admitted a charge of careless driving causing injury at Te Anau on February 23.

He was fined $750 and disqualified from driving for six months.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Denise Harvey said Mehta was an Indian citizen on holiday in New Zealand.

While he was driving on the Te Anau-Milford highway he veered off the road and hit a parked campervan at speed, she said.

Mehta's passenger suffered serious leg injuries and had to be cut from the vehicle and flown to Southland Hospital, she said.


The occupants of the campervan suffered minor injuries.

Mehta told police he was a "little tired" and he and his passenger were supposed to change drivers but she was more comfortable driving on straight roads, Ms Harvey said.

Judge Cook told Mehta if he was tired he should not have been driving, particularly on roads that were unfamiliar to him.


James Brian Hunter, 24, dairy worker, of Te Tipua, was sentenced to four months' home detention, 140 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for six months for assaulting a female, cultivating cannabis, threatening to kill a person, unlawfully possessing ammunition, namely a shotgun round, and driving dangerously at Mataura on December 27.


Matangaro O Tumai Rura, 31, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work for threatening to injure a person knowing his conduct was likely to frighten on January 30.


Maddison Luke Hanes was sentenced to two weeks' community detention for breaching community detention on December 19.

Brandon Benjamin Kohi, 21, was sentenced to two months' jail for breaching home detention.

Damian Jacob William Duffy was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within eight months for breaching supervision on January 14.


Johnathan Ariki Bond, 18, was sentenced to 70 hours' community work for receiving a laptop valued at $2500 knowing it was stolen, between January 19 and February 7.

Intentional damage

Daniel Desmond Harpur, 19, of Cromwell, was ordered to pay $1324.58 reparation for intentionally damaging a car door at Te Anau on January 25.


Tammy Thompson, 35, was fined $1100 and disqualified from driving for eight months for refusing to permit a blood specimen on February 13.

Mereama Te Puni, 19, was fined $400 and disqualified for six months for driving while suspended at Gisborne on December 23.

The Southland Times