Truck driver charged after crash kills pair

A truck driver has been charged with dangerous driving and drugged driving after his vehicle was involved in a crash that killed a Urenui couple in May.

The truck flipped while travelling north on State Highway 3 near Motunui, where it lost its load of metal pipes and crushed a car.

Ern and Nancy Sutton, both 83, were travelling in the car and died at the scene of the crash on May 28.

The 53-year-old truck driver from Palmerston North was taken to Taranaki Base Hospital with moderate arm injuries but later was in intensive care and underwent surgery.

Detective Paul Barron, Waitara CIB, said the driver would face two charges of dangerous driving causing death and also one of driving under the influence of a drug in Palmerston North District Court next Tuesday. The drug was not named.

Mr and Mrs Sutton were well known throughout the district as keen community people and avid golfers.

The couple were both presented with Citizens Awards by the New Plymouth District Council in 2000.

Taranaki Daily News