Driver charged over tree crash

The car on the Taurikura Drive median. Photo: Andrew Campbell.

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.


The tree looks completely rooted

Posted on 25-09-2017 12:50 | By Papamoaner

Maybe he should pay for a new tree and then turn over a new leaf by branching out to better pastimes than making the community saw.

How about restitution?

Posted on 24-09-2017 17:01 | By Maryfaith

Let's hope the judge imposes heavy restitution costs on top of the paltry fine ..... but he won't will he ?? !! All up, no doubt the clearance, cost and replanting of a new tree will cost the ratepayer thousands by the time all the various contractors have lodged their inflated bills with the council!


Posted on 23-09-2017 08:20 | By dumbkof2

taurikuri road speedway again


Posted on 22-09-2017 17:44 | By comfortablynumb

One look at the type of car says it all !


Posted on 22-09-2017 14:51 | By dumbkof2

taurikura speedway again

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