A Dutch tourist has been remanded on bail after an appearance
in Christchurch District Court this morning over the deaths
of three people in a car smash at the weekend.
Johannes Jacobus Appelman, 52, did not enter a plea on three
counts of careless use of a vehicle causing death and one
charge of careless use of a vehicle causing injury.
Appelman, who has been discharged from hospital after
suffering minor injuries in the crash, was alleged to have
run a stop sign at the Thompsons Track and Somerton Road
intersection near Rakaia, his car colliding with a Volvo
carrying four people from Christchurch on their way to
visiting family friends at Lake Ohau.
Christchurch woman Sally Vanessa Summerfield, 49, her
daughter Ella Yasmin Summerfield, 12, and Ella's friend Abi
Hone, 12, were killed instantly in the crash. Ms
Summerfield's 48-year-old husband Shane, who was driving,
suffered serious injuries.
Appelman, who was represented by Christchurch lawyer Phil
Shamy, appeared before a registrar and was remanded to
reappear on July 10.
He made no comment as he left court.