Mother just wants justice for son killed in crash
A man has been charged with manslaughter after the car he was driving collided with a “fun-loving, hardworking” motorcyclist in the Bay of Plenty.
Grant Wilson, 33, died following the crash on White Pine Bush Rd near Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty about 6.20pm on June 6.
"It's just so hard still," Sheryl Wilson, 62, said of losing one of her three children. "I just can't seem to come out of the black."
Her words come as police confirmed on Monday they’d charged a 34-year-old man with manslaughter in connection with her son’s death.
The man has also been charged with two counts of driving while disqualified, one charge of driving dangerously causing injury and a number of charges of perverting the course of justice.
A 22-year-old woman has been charged with perverting the course of justice.
Born in Tokoroa, Grant Wilson was a fitter and maintenance operator by trade.
At the time of his death, he was living with his parents in Taneatua and worked for a neighbouring dairy farmer.
On the afternoon of June 6, Wilson was out "shooting the breeze" on his motorcycle as he often did, his mother said.
However, he did not return home before dark as he normally did.
"As soon as we saw the police officers standing at our glass door we knew something had gone wrong," Sheryl Wilson said.
"It's every parent's worst nightmare."
Wilson said she wanted "justice to be served because [our son] was totally innocent".
"He was out enjoying a lovely afternoon ride,” she said.