Manslaughter charges have been dropped for a truck driver involved in a crash which killed prominent Urenui couple Ern and Nancy Sutton.
The trial of Henry Anthony Tawhai, in his 50s, a truck driver of Palmerston North, is underway in the High Court in New Plymouth today.
Tawhai denies a charge of criminal nuisance in that he knowingly operated a truck on a road at Motunui on May 28, 2012 with an insecure load of pipes endangering lives.
Last November he had pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, a charge he is no longer facing.
The trial is expected to finish this week.
At the time of the crash police said Tawhai's truck was travelling north on State Highway 3 carrying a load of metal pipes.
The load shifted on a bend, the truck tipped over and spilled the pipes onto the road hitting the Suttons' southbound car.
The Suttons, both aged 83, died at the scene.
Taranaki Daily News