Tourist driver must pay $2000 to victim after Waikato crash

A man must pay $2000 to the injured victim of his driving before he leaves the country on Saturday.

Chinese tourist Zhihao Wang, 39, was ordered to make the payment by Christchurch District Court Judge Alistair Garland on Friday after admitting the charge of careless driving causing injury.

It was uncertain for hours whether Wang would be allowed to leave New Zealand with his four travelling companions as scheduled.

Judge Garland initially delayed the hearing for Restorative Justice to consider whether a meeting should be held. They decided it was not appropriate as Wang did not consent to the conference with the Waikato motorcyclist involved in the December 27 crash.

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The judge then decided he wanted to know about the victim's situation so he could consider ordering an emotional harm reparation payment.

The hearing was delayed again so police could find out details that would normally be set out in a victim impact statement.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Glenn Pascoe said Wang had arrived in New Zealand on December 26.

He was driving a rental car with four passengers at 3.53pm the next day, on Karapiro Rd near Cambridge, when he turned onto State Highway 1 and collided with a motorcycle travelling on the highway.

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The impact sent the rider rolling down the road. He received grazing to both knees, bruising, a broken left wrist, and cuts to two fingers. The motorcyclist was setting off on holiday at the time.

Wang told police the road was clear when he looked and it appeared the motorcycle had come around a bend very fast.

Defence counsel April Kelland said Wang was very shocked by the crash.

He had inquired about the rider after police transported him from the crash scene and was told he was up and walking about. He did not appear to have concussion or serious injuries.

He had asked police to pass his apology on to the rider.

Kelland said Wang worked as a project manager for a power company in Shanghai.

Judge Garland said Wang's careless driving had caused serious injuries and the rider was still receiving medical treatment.

He disqualified Wang from driving for six months for his "bad mistake", and ordered him to pay $2000 emotional harm reparations to the rider.

 - Stuff

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