The driver who smashed into a tree in The Lakes yesterday will be appearing in Tauranga District Court on driving charges.
Police were called to the crash on Taurikura Drive opposite yesterday afternoon, after a vehicle lost control, crashed into a tree and came to rest on the island in the middle of the road.
Speaking to SunLive today, Western Bay of Plenty road policing manger Senior Sergeant Ian Campion says the man is charged with careless driving and sustained loss of traction.
The crash occurred about 1pm during heavy rain, leaving the tree felled and the car stranded across the centre median.
Marks in grassed median show the car was heading downhill towards SH36 when the accident occurred, says a reporter who was at the scene.
The driver was uninjured, but the blue Nissan Silvia had to be towed.
The 10cm tree trunk was taken out close to ground level by the car, leaving a section of trunk about a metre long separated from the rest of the foliage.