Charge over Gorge Rd accident

A Queenstown man has been charged over a crash that left a German woman in a critical condition.

Police announced yesterday that a 26-year-old Queenstown man had been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, in relation to the crash on Gorge Rd, Queenstown, on March 13.

The crash had left a 22-year-old German woman in a critical condition with serious head injuries.

The woman was trapped in a black Honda Odyssey, wedged between an embankment and the rear of a building in the Gorge Rd Retail Park for several hours before being discovered.

She was transported to Lakes District Hospital and then flown to Dunedin Hospital's ICU.

''She has since recovered enough to return to Germany with her family, who had travelled to New Zealand to support her,'' police said in a statement.

Last week, Sergeant Steve Watt, of Queenstown, said the woman had made ''vast amounts of progress'' since the crash.

Sgt Watt said the woman was speaking and cognitively ''she's progressing extremely well''.

''However, there's some rehabilitation to go, especially in regards to her mobility.

''[She has] issues with arms and wrists which will take some time to heal.''

The man will appear in the Queenstown District Court on June 24.

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