Man charged with artist's death

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 14:11 13/05/2014
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EMOTIONAL FAREWELL: The funeral of Carmen Rogers, who was hit by a drunk driver, was held at TSB Showplace. Carmen's daughters and husband took the stage. From left, Nouveau, Che and Teal.

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A New Plymouth oil worker has been charged with causing the death of artist Carmen Rogers.

Police have charged the 31-year-old with drink driving causing the mother-of-two's death on Brougham St in the city's central business district on the afternoon of May 6.

The man has been given interim name suppression prior to his appearance in the New Plymouth District Court on May 29.

He was to appear tomorrow but the first court appearance has been adjourned until May 29 to allow time for further disclosure to his defence team, Detective Sergeant Blair Burnett said.

The charge carries a maximum jail term of 10 years.

Flowers and pavement notes have been left at the site of where Rogers was allegedly hit by the driver's SUV and suffered fatal head injuries.

The 41-year-old died last Thursday after she was transferred from Taranaki Base Hospital to Wellington Hospital.

Her funeral was on Sunday at the TSB Showplace.

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