A man hit and killed by a train in Christchurch on Monday
night was due in court today.
But when Murray Bruce Miller's case called at Christchurch
District Court this morning, his lawyer Gilbert Hay said he
could not proceed because his client had not turned up.
The police stepped in to say that Mr Miller had died.
Two charges - of intent to injure and unlawfully being in a
yard - were withdrawn by leave.
Mr Hay appeared stunned to learn that his 26-year old client
had passed away.
Police say that Mr Miller and another person had been walking
on Lincoln Rd, towards Moorhouse Avenue shortly after 10pm
last night, when he attempted to cross the railway crossing.
Lights and bells were sounding at time.
Mr Miller was hit by the front of the train and was carried
some distance down the railway line.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and his death has been
referred to the coroner.
A death notice published today says Mr Miller was the beloved
partner of Cherie, and dearly loved son of the late Bruce,
and Cindy and Noel.
It paid special thanks to the Christchurch City Mission for
their "care and support over the years".
The funeral will be held at Kerrs Road Chapel on Monday at
- Kurt Bayer of APNZ