Monday, November 5, 2012

New Zealand: Update--Identity of Canadian Woman, 46, Killed in Waikato Released, Driver Charged

As a follow-up to my posting of yesterday (November 4), New Zealand authorities have released the name of  the Canadian woman who was a passenger in a rental car that collided with a tractor-trailer last Thursday. She has been identified as Catherine Elizabeth Clarke, of British Columbia.

Ms. Clarke suffered fatal injuries in last week's collision at the intersection of SH25 and SH2, near Waitakaruru. She died at the scene.

COMMENT: The driver of the rental car that Ms. Clarke was traveling in, a 50-year-old Canadian, has been charged with failure to yield to the truck's right-of-way and will appear in court today (November 5) for careless driving resulting in the death of another.

To date, the media has not released the driver's relationship to the woman who died in the accident.

Sadly, the Canadian who was driving will not only have to live with the tragic results of his actions, but will additionally face the legal consequences as well.

Please see my previous postings on the considerable hazards of driving in New Zealand.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available regarding the legal action taken against the Canadian driver, who no doubt is being assisted by Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.