A bus driver who crashed a bus full of Wanganui college
students, teachers and parents near Taumaranui has been given
community work and disqualified from driving.
Raymond Hina, 57, was sentenced today on seven counts of
careless driving causing injury when he appeared in Whanganui
The accident happened on September 23 last year after
witnesses saw the Hamilton-bound Tranzit bus speeding, and
braking heavily on corners on the wet road.
Judge David Cameron said a retired policeman was driving
behind the bus near Wanganui, and saw it accelerate away from
him while he was travelling 100kmh.
"It had been drizzling with rain and the road was wet," the
"A truck driver had been following and he observed the bus
braking heavily on slight bends and down hills, causing him
concern - such that he pulled back and increased his
On a moderate left hand bend on State Highway 4 near Piriaka,
Hina lost control of the bus, sending it into a slide. The
bus slid about 15 metres along a bank, with the rear end
lifting up and coming back down again.
Judge Cameron said seven victims out of the total 40
passengers were taken to Taumaranui Hospital with various
injuries, including a broken collarbone, lacerations and cuts
requiring stitches, back pain, a sore shoulder and a
concussion. They were all released later that day.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Rachel Willemsen said the victim
impact statements spoke mainly of emotional harm.
Defence lawyer Roger Crowley said Hina had pleaded guilty at
the first opportunity.
His client was popular with passengers, did regular driving
training courses and took "great pride in his work".
Judge Cameron said he needed to deter others from
carelessness, "particularly when in charge of a bus full of
"It seems to me there's an extra onus on someone in that
situation to be cautious."
He sentenced Hina to 80 hours' community work, and
disqualified him from driving for six months.
- Wanganui Chronicle