The man who failed to leave a van in gear when he parked it on a hill has been found guilty of causing the death of Shi Jun Zhang in Bethlehem in October 2010.
Mr Zhang, 53, died at the scene after the van parked on Cotswold Drive careered down a steep drive, crossed the road and struck and killed him.
The van’s hand brake failed about 10-15minutes after it was parked at the top of a steep hill on October 30, 2010.
Andrew Charles Cundy 40 of Pyes Pa was found guilty at a defended hearing of careless operation of a motor vehicle causing death in Tauranga District Court on Wednesday.
Mr Zhang had been standing in the driveway of a property across the road talking to two other people when he was caught by the van and dragged underneath it.
He died at the scene.
Judge Robert Wolff found it was careless in the circumstances to rely only on the handbrake, without putting the van in gear or turning the wheels towards the kerb as recommended by NZTA Road Code.
Cundy was remanded on bail by Judge Robert Wolff until July 6.