Driver in court over Wairoa road death

Gisborne Courthouse. File picture by Rebecca Grunwell

THE driver of one of two vehicles sought in relation to the death of Wairoa man Nigel Sammons, who was found dead on a road in the town last Sunday, has made an initial court appearance.

Douglas Arama Desmond Bell, 28, appeared on Friday in Gisborne District Court on charges of failing to stop to ascertain if there was injury after an accident, and driving while disqualified.

He will appear again in the court on July 7.

Police believe two cars were involved in the incident in which Mr Sammons, 33, died of injuries after being struck by a vehicle.

Police issued a description of the second vehicle and are seeking information from the public or people who were in that vehicle to come forward.

Mr Sammons was found dead by a police patrol at the intersection of Black and Rutherford Streets at about 5am last Sunday.

THE driver of one of two vehicles sought in relation to the death of Wairoa man Nigel Sammons, who was found dead on a road in the town last Sunday, has made an initial court appearance.

Douglas Arama Desmond Bell, 28, appeared on Friday in Gisborne District Court on charges of failing to stop to ascertain if there was injury after an accident, and driving while disqualified.

He will appear again in the court on July 7.

Police believe two cars were involved in the incident in which Mr Sammons, 33, died of injuries after being struck by a vehicle.

Police issued a description of the second vehicle and are seeking information from the public or people who were in that vehicle to come forward.

Mr Sammons was found dead by a police patrol at the intersection of Black and Rutherford Streets at about 5am last Sunday.

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