Tourist bailed over two-death crash


A 20-year-old woman visiting New Zealand from China was granted bail after appearing in the Alexandra District Court to face two counts of careless driving causing death, following a double fatality in the Lindis Pass on Monday.

The woman had been receiving medical treatment following the crash but was discharged from hospital before her court appearance.

She appeared before the court registrar, was granted interim name suppression and remanded to reappear in court next month.

The names of the two motorcyclists killed in the crash were released by police yesterday.

Filthy Few Motorcycle Club member Dennis Michael Pederson, known as Deno, was killed - along with his friend Grant John Roberts, 43, from the South Island - when the motorcycles they were riding collided with the car.

In Tauranga yesterday, family, friends and club members were grieving their loss. Deno's funeral will take place at Tauranga Park, Pyes Pa, on Friday at 1pm.

A 26-year-old Timaru woman, who was a pillion passenger, remained in intensive care in Dunedin Hospital last night in a serious condition. She was airlifted to Dunedin with serious injuries following the crash and her name has not been released by police.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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