A Chinese visitor to New Zealand appeared in the Alexandra
District Court today facing two counts of careless driving
causing death, following a double fatality in the Lindis Pass
The collision claimed the lives of two motorcyclists, and
injured a pillion passenger.
The 20-year-old Chinese woman was granted bail and will
reappear in court next month.
Grant John Roberts, 43, of Timaru, and Dennis Michael
Pederson, 54, of Tauranga, died at the scene after their
motorbikes were involved in a crash with another vehicle on
Lindis Pass yesterday. The accident happened on State Highway
8, 19km north of Tarras in Central Otago, about 2.15pm.
A female pillion passenger on the rear of one of the
motorcycles remains in a critical condition in Dunedin
Hospital. Her name will not be released.
Central Otago police sub area commander Senior Sergeant Ian
Kerrisk said police had charged the woman with two counts of
careless driving causing death.
The woman was injured and was receiving medical treatment.
"While we have a clear picture of what occurred, we are still
asking for witnesses to come forward regarding the driving
behaviour of both groups involved prior to the crash," Mr
"We are particularly interested in movements of a dark
coloured Nissan sedan with a single female occupant
travelling south from Omarama towards Cromwell between midday
and 2.15pm yesterday. We believe that this vehicle was
following a white stationwagon a short time before the crash
occurred. We would like the driver of that white stationwagon
to contact police.
"We would also appreciate any witnesses who saw a group of
8-10 motorcyclists on large Harley Davidson motorcycles
travelling from Cromwell towards Omarama yesterday afternoon
around the same time."
Mr Kerrisk said alcohol was not suspected to be a factor in