An elderly driver has pleaded
guilty to causing the death of an 82-year-old on a mobility
scooter in Auckland earlier this year.
Chan Chor Wu, 87, appeared in Manukau District Court
yesterday where he admitted operating a vehicle carelessly
and thereby causing the death of Romanian man Octavian
Stefanescu on the afternoon of April 18.
The officer in charge of the case, Constable Andre Taylor,
said Mr Stefanescu was crossing Union Rd in Howick on a
motorised mobility scooter when he was struck by a car being
driven by Wu.
"[Mr Stefanescu was] able to be seen: he had a high-vis flag
on and numerous witnesses saw him crossing the road, but
unfortunately Mr Wu has not seen him until it was too late."
There were no pedestrian crossings on Union Rd, Mr Taylor
Mr Stefanescu banged his head on the road and was taken to
He died a few days later as a result of a medical condition
which had been complicated by his injuries, Mr Taylor said.
Wu was remanded at large until his sentencing next month
(EDS: November 21).
- By Matthew Theunissen