The parents of Maungatapu Bridge crash victim Greg Woledge
say the pain of "our broken hearts" is almost too much to
bear - and his partner says her family's lives have been
They spoke out during an emotional sentencing hearing in
Tauranga District Court yesterday for the man guilty of
causing his death.
Iain Stewart Crisp, 45, of Papamoa Beach, was sentenced to
350 hours' community work, nine months' supervision, and
ordered to pay $38,000 in emotional harm payments after
earlier admitting driving and drug charges. There was no
evidence cannabis found in his system contributed to the
Crisp was disqualified for 12 months and must pay $27,134.60
in reparation - $16,134.60 for repairs to the bridge and
$11,000 to Corey Ogle, whose car was also damaged last August
12 when Crisp's vehicle crossed the centre-line and collided
head-on with 24-year-old Mr Woledge's work van.
The van crashed into the harbour with Mr Woledge and
passenger Ashley Donkersley, 23, inside. Mr Donkersley
escaped the van and Constable Deane O'Connor jumped off the
bridge and rescued him.
Mr Woledge's parents, Kevin and Vivienne, and his partner of
seven years, Chelsea Findsen, read their victim impact
statements to Crisp in court.
Mrs Woledge told Crisp she and her husband and daughter Emma
now struggled with their lives and driving over the bridge
was a gruelling reminder.
"Losing a child, a son, is an emotional roller coaster - one
thinks how you will get through life yourself, how his
sister, partner and children will get through their lives
"The impact of Greg's death is endless, a nightmare,
something that should not have happened had you, the driver
of the car been responsible ... We did not have our children
to see them killed. You have left our two grandchildren
"You have no idea the damage you have created to one little
3-year-old . How dare you take another person's life away
with no consideration, no guilt, you have changed the whole
dynamics of our close-knit family," she said.
"We miss Greg for his laughter, his humour and his concern
for us and all around him. He was an innocent person going
about his own person on his way home from a hard day's work
to see and be with his family. We have been given a life-long
Ms Findsen was pregnant at the time of the crash. Their
second daughter is now 4 months old.
She told Crisp one of hardest things was telling her eldest
daughter, now 3, why "daddy's van" was missing.
"Our lives have been so empty without Greg and knowing he
isn't coming back and trying to carry on without him has been
the hardest thing ... I have felt so angry when I'm not
normally an angry person. I'm now a 25-year-old widow of two
small girls and my life has been altered for ever." she said.
"Greg was my rock and the love of my life and my child's life
and it would have been no different for our new baby girl's
life. Our lives have been devastated forever."
Outside court, Mr Woledge's parents told the Bay of Plenty
Times they would never forgive Crisp and refused his offer to
attend a restorative justice meeting.
"It has been a long, hard journey over the past eight months,
and we are still in total disbelief and the pain of our
broken hearts is almost too much to bear. This sentencing is
never going to be enough [justice] for our family," Mrs
- Sandra Conchie of the Bay of Plenty Times