A man is due to appear in court on Friday charged in
connection with the crash that claimed the life of South
Canterbury Finance founder Allan Hubbard.
Oamaru police yesterday announced, after a five-month
investigation, that a 40-year-old man had been charged with
careless driving causing the death of Mr Hubbard (83) and
careless driving causing injury to Mr Hubbard's wife, Jean
Police yesterday identified the man charged as being from
South Otago, but later confirmed it was the man who was
driving the other vehicle involved in the collision.
That man was Andy Earl, of Richmond, but living in South
He has been summonsed to appear in Dunedin District Court on
Oamaru Sergeant Jason McCoy said the charges were laid after
a thorough and robust investigation.
"As the case is now before the court, police are unable to
provide any further details about the crash investigation,"
The investigation had been subject to peer review,
prosecution review and had been reviewed by police
The crash happened on State Highway 1, at Hilderthorpe, about
8km north of Oamaru, about 1pm on September 2.
Mrs Hubbard was driving their hatchback south when there was
a head-on collision with a four-wheel-drive utility and
trailer being driven north by Mr Earl.
Mr Earl could not be contacted yesterday.
At the time Mr Earl, a self-employed plasterer and tiler,
said he could not remember anything about the collision.
Mrs Hubbard also said she could not remember the crash.
In the days after the crash, Mr Earl's wife Janelle said he
had been in Otago for a week and was returning to Nelson
She said he had no memory of the collision but called her
from the scene to let her know what had happened.
Mr Earl spent about an hour after the crash at Oamaru
Hospital and was discharged. He later criticised it for lack
of treatment. He was admitted to Nelson Hospital two days
later and diagnosed with a broken sternum.
He later said he was having "flashbacks" of the crash and
could remember lying on the road trying to breathe.
He said a witness about 150m behind the crash had assured him
he had nothing to worry about and Mrs Hubbard had apologised
to him while at Oamaru Hospital.
At the time of the crash, Mr Hubbard's company, Aorangi
Securities, was being investigated by the Serious Fraud
Office. Aorangi Securities was placed in statutory management
in June 2010, owing investors up to $100 million. The Serious
Fraud Office laid 50 charges against Mr Hubbard under the
Crimes Act, but those were dropped shortly after his death.
Mrs Hubbard was also removed from statutory management.
The police announcement of charges over the crash emerged on
the day a case against five people connected with South
Canterbury Finance returned to Timaru District Court. Each
denies 21 charges in connection with allegedly fraudulent
transactions of about $1.7 billion.