A Dutch businessman who was involved in a crash which killed
three people and left one seriously injured had been caught
speeding hours before the collision, it has been reported.
Johannes Jacobus Appelman, 52, was recorded as travelling at
108km/h in a 100km zone of State Highway 1 at Burnham, at
around 10am on May 31, The Press reports. A 4km/h speed
tolerance was in force at the time, as it was the Queen's
Hours later, at 3.55pm, Appelman ran a stop sign at the
intersection of Somerton Rd and Thompson's Track, near
Rakaia, killing Sally Summerfield, 49, her daughter Ella, 12,
and Ella's friend Abi Hone, also 12. Shane Summerfield was
seriously injured in the crash.
It comes after it was last month revealed that Appelman
crashed another car the night before the fatal collision.
No-one was injured in that incident, which took place on
Johns Rd, near Christchurch Airport.
In both crashes Appelman was driving rental vehicles.
He has pleaded guilty to three counts of careless driving
causing death, and one count of careless driving causing
injury. He will be sentenced later this month.