Quad-bike father charged

He's been a good father to her so I've got no complaints there. Nancy Dunnage, grandmother

The driver of a quad bike that crashed at Waimarama early this month leaving himself and his 6-year-old daughter, Ashley Shorrock, with serious injuries is now facing numerous charges relating to the crash.

Daniel McGregor, 28, of Waimarama, is facing four charges of driving with an excess breath-alcohol level causing injury, one of reckless driving, one of cultivating cannabis, one of possessing cannabis and one of possessing utensils.

He was formally charged yesterday and will be appearing in the Hastings District Court on February 19.

A police representative said inquiries had resulted in McGregor being identified as the person who had been driving the quad bike when it left Okaihau Rd and crashed down a bank just before midnight on January 2. No one else involved in the incident is facing charges.

McGregor, his daughter and three other adults were on the quad bike when it crashed.

The youngster was thrown from the bike and received numerous injuries to her face, neck, spine and back as well as a fractured skull.

She was admitted to Starship hospital in Auckland before being transferred to the Wilson Rehabilitation Centre in Auckland where she is recovering.

The representative said police were unable to make further comment about the incident as it was now before the courts.

Nancy Dunnage, the girl's maternal grandmother, said she felt no resentment toward McGregor.

She said lessons needed to be learnt but she held no grudge.

"He's been a good father to her so I've got no complaints there.

"I don't hold anything against Daniel," Mrs Dunnage said.

Ashlee is expected to return home to Napier with her mother Sara Shorrock tomorrow, who has remained by her daughter's side.

She was "doing all right" and remained in good spirits, Mrs Dunnage said.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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