Sensible Sentencing boss and lawyer collide


The Sensible Sentencing Trust's national spokesman and a well-known Hawke's Bay defence lawyer both escaped injury in a crash which badly damaged the vehicles they were driving and brought down power lines near Havelock North last night.

Garth McVicar, of Te Pohue, was driving the Trust's sponsored Hyundai on Napier Rd on his way to a meeting with supporters in Havelock North when the crash happened just before 5.30pm.

After colliding at the intersection with Mill Rd with a vehicle driven by lawyer Nigel Hewat, the Hyundai spun on the greezy surface, and crashed through a pole which was supporting lines which were brought down in the path of a third vehicle.

Mr McVicar said later he had also been concerned for cyclist riding alongside him.

It appeared she may have taken evasive action, and he said: "We found her in the grass."

No injuries were reported, and Mr McVicar, having made it to his meeting and later waiting for "a ride to come all the way from Te Pohue," said no ambulance was needed at the scene.

Senior Constable Nigel Wilkie, of Hastings Police, said investigations were continuing, and police were interested in contacting the cyclist who would have witnessed what had happened.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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