No plea from bus driver over intersection crash

20:12, Apr 02 2014
 Eva Tawha
IN THE DOCK: Bus driver Eva Tawha (in white shirt) appeared in the Hamilton District Court yesterday on charges of careless driving causing death

A Huntly woman behind the wheel of a bus which claimed the life of a Hamilton woman just before New Year's Eve has appeared in court.

Eva Kahu Tawha, 53, was driving a Pavlovich bus when it collided with a vehicle driven by Lynelle Joy Bray at the intersection of Victoria St and Te Rapa Rd on December 30 last year.

Bray died from injuries sustained in the collision.

Tawha made a brief appearance before a registrar in the Hamilton District Court yesterday, but did not enter a plea to three charges including careless driving causing Bray's death and careless driving causing injury to Bray's partner, Graham Clothier, and Wayne Cowan-Simpson.

Tawha's lawyer, Len Caley, told the registrar he had only received part of the police disclosure, so could not yet progress matters.

Tawha, who was supported in court by family and friends, was remanded at large to reappear this month.


Waikato Times