Driver banned after partner's death

Canadian national Glenn Hamilton was today convicted of careless driving causing the death of his long-term partner Catherine Clarke.

Mr Hamilton, 50, appeared at the Thames District Court this morning following the fatal road smash at the intersection of State Highway 25 and SH2 last Thursday.

He pleaded guilty and was disqualified from driving for six months.

Ms Clarke, 46, had competed in the World Triathlon Grand Final in Auckland on October 22 and she and Mr Hamilton had been enjoying the New Zealand countryside when they stopped at the Waitakaruru intersection then pulled out onto SH2 at 1.15pm.

At the same time a fully laden J-Swap truck and trailer unit was heading north, with right of way.

It T-boned the Nissan Mr Hamilton was driving and the impact was so severe Ms Clarke died at the scene.Mr Hamilton is due to fly home tomorrow.

Click here to read the Times Colonist's article about Ms Clarke.