Inquiry complete: decision awaited over crash

An investigation into a fatal crash in the Hakataramea Valley, which involved six Kurow rugby players and supporters in May, has been completed with the file being sent to Christchurch for a decision on whether charges should be laid.

Sergeant Mike van der Heyden, of Waimate, said yesterday the file would be reviewed, including whether there was sufficient evidence to lay charges.

The crash, about midnight on Saturday, May 11, was on the Hakataramea Valley Rd when a Toyota Land Cruiser failed to take a bend and rolled into a paddock. All occupants, who had been at a party, were thrown from the vehicle.

Two rescue helicopters ferried those with serious injuries to Christchurch and Dunedin Hospitals, while others with moderate injuries were taken to Timaru Hospital, one later being transferred to Christchurch.

Jarrad Ethan Blackler (23), of Danseys Pass, later died in Dunedin Hospital from injuries he received in the crash.

A 25-year-old British man, who shortly before the crash had arrived in Kurow to play rugby for the local club, sustained critical injuries and remains in Christchurch Hospital.

The other five victims have been discharged from hospitals.

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