Driver in fatal crash elects a trial by jury

A driver whose passenger died after the vehicle they were in collided with a firewood trailer in Ormond Road earlier this year, has appeared in Gisborne District Court.

Norton Turei Hunia, 25, faces charges in relation to the March 11 incident of dangerous driving causing death, driving while disqualified for a third or subsequent time, and refusing a request for blood.

His passenger Te Rito Takekerekere Brown, a 29-year-old father of five from Wairoa, died in Waikato Hospital a few days after the crash.

The vehicle in which the pair were travelling is said to have crossed the centre line and smashed into a stationary trailer full of firewood just west of the Wi Pere Street roundabout.

Hunia, who has elected trial by jury on the charges, was further remanded in custody for another Crown call-over on August 2. He did not pursue a previously-signalled application for electronically-monitored bail.
Hunia also faces other separate and unrelated charges of assault with intent to injure, wilful damage and a further allegation of driving while disqualified for a third or subsequent time.

Those charges have been scheduled for a judge-alone trial on September 12.

A driver whose passenger died after the vehicle they were in collided with a firewood trailer in Ormond Road earlier this year, has appeared in Gisborne District Court.

Norton Turei Hunia, 25, faces charges in relation to the March 11 incident of dangerous driving causing death, driving while disqualified for a third or subsequent time, and refusing a request for blood.

His passenger Te Rito Takekerekere Brown, a 29-year-old father of five from Wairoa, died in Waikato Hospital a few days after the crash.

The vehicle in which the pair were travelling is said to have crossed the centre line and smashed into a stationary trailer full of firewood just west of the Wi Pere Street roundabout.

Hunia, who has elected trial by jury on the charges, was further remanded in custody for another Crown call-over on August 2. He did not pursue a previously-signalled application for electronically-monitored bail.
Hunia also faces other separate and unrelated charges of assault with intent to injure, wilful damage and a further allegation of driving while disqualified for a third or subsequent time.

Those charges have been scheduled for a judge-alone trial on September 12.

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