A Tauranga man has admitted causing the fatal head-on crash
which killed Tauranga father Greg Woledge after his work van
plunged off Maungatapu Bridge and into the river.
Iain Stewart Crisp, 45, who appeared in Tauranga District
Court today, pleaded guilty to charges of careless use of a
motor vehicle causing death, careless use of a motor vehicle
causing injury, and causing a false statement to be made in a
Crisp also admitted charges of possession of cannabis,
possession of cannabis for supply, possession of cannabis
seeds and possession of cannabis utensils.
Mr Woledge, 24, died when his AMP'T Electrical Ltd company
van he was driving plunged off the Maungatapu causeway bridge
after the three-car collision just after 6pm on August 12.
Despite desperate efforts to rescued him, Mr Woledge was
trapped inside the submerged van after it crashed through the
Constable Deane O'Connor leaped off the bridge into the
harbour and helped rescue Mr Woledge's work colleague Ashley
Donkersley, 23, who managed to escape the van.
Crisp was employed as a bus driver at the time of the crash.
Judge Louis Bidois remanded Crisp on bail pending sentencing
on April 7.
Crisp was bailed on the condition he does not drive any motor
- Sandra Conchie of the Bay of Plenty Times