Guilty pleas in triple-fatal crash

David Michael Cox pleaded guilty to three charges of careless driving causing death. Photo: TOM LEE/STUFF

The man accused of the death of three road workers near Matata on February 26 has pleaded guilty.

David Michael Cox entered his plea to the charges of careless driving causing death at the Whakatane District Court today in a hearing attended by the family of Dudley Sole Raroa, 55 David Reginald Te Wira Eparaima, also 55, and Haki Graham Hiha, 40 who were killed in the collision. 

The summary of facts revealed the three men were contractors working for Higgins and were clearing a culvert alongside State Highway 2. 

Conditions were ideal for driving with clear visibility and a dry road surface when the accident occurred about 1.50pm.

The posted speed limit was 100km/h for the road and Cox was travelling at about 90 km/h when he crashed. 

One of the trucks he collided with flipped and the left the road due to the force of the impact. 

Judge Paul Mabey asked family to consider a restorative justice process for Cox. 

Outside court members of the victims' family and hugged each other for support. 

Cox was remanded on bail until June 19 when he will appear again for sentencing. 

- Stuff

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Company Support

Posted on 17-04-2019 16:01 | By rogue

I hope Crown Furniture Removals are helping their driver who caused this crash. Surely any good employer would assist their staff.

Life sentence

Posted on 17-04-2019 13:29 | By clingon

The victim’s families and the accused will serve life sentences for this incident. Nothing further will be achieved by a prison sentence but justice had to be seen to be done. Will we ever find out just what caused the crash? This Information may serve as a warning to others. No one wins here but a guilty plea shows an admittance of responsibility which may be of some consolation to the families. A tough one for the judge...