Possible charges for drivers in Christmas day fatal crash


Charges could be laid against both drivers involved in a Christmas Day crash in Hamilton that left a woman dead, police say.


Rongmei Wang, a 71-year-old Chinese national, was a back seat passenger in a car that collided with a ute at the intersection of Avalon Drive and Te Rapa Rd at 12.35pm.


Four of Ms Wang's family members were taken to Waikato Hospital following the crash.


Police later located a suspended driver who had allegedly fled the scene. A member of the public followed the vehicle, leading police to the 26-year-old woman at an address in Hamilton.


"Anytime anyone is involved in a motor vehicle crash, they are required by law to stop to ascertain injury. It's a legal requirement and if they fail to do so they are likely to be prosecuted," Waikato road policing manager Inspector Marcus Lynam said.


An officer and an interpreter will travel to Auckland tomorrow to interview an Asian man who was driving the car Ms Wang was in, he said.


Neither driver is facing charges, but police had not ruled out charging them both.


"It's a possibility but we need to wait for the outcome of both the interviews and the investigation," Mr Lynam said.

- Hamilton News

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