Fatal crash guilty plea

An Albert Town woman has admitted a charge of careless driving causing the death of Alexandra man Amon Saunders near Gibbston last month.

Cecile Riviere, who turns 27 today, was convicted by Judge John Brandts-Giesen in the Queenstown District Court yesterday.

Riviere, a waitress, will remain on bail until her sentencing on February 1.

Police say she was on the wrong side of the road when the van she was driving collided with Mr Saunders’ ute on a bend at Nevis Bluff, on State Highway 6, on December 20.

His ute crashed about 100m down a steep bank, ending partly submerged in the Kawarau River.

Mr Saunders and his wife, Holly, owned Central Wilding Tree Control Ltd.

About 25 emergency services personnel from across the Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago area attended the crash.

At the time police acknowledged the ‘‘courageous actions’’ of those first on the scene who scrambled down the bank to Mr Saunders’ Toyota Hilux.









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