Quad bike victim at school in Hastings


A 6-year-old girl seriously injured in a quad bike accident in Waimarama this year is doing well and at school in Hastings.

Ashlee McGregor spent time in intensive care with fractures to her head, face and arm. She was one of four passengers on the bike when it plunged down a 2m bank in January.

Her father Daniel McGregor, who was driving the bike and broke his legs, has pleaded guilty to four charges of excess blood alcohol causing injury and one charge of reckless driving.

One of the other passengers on the bike, Stephanie Lucas, contacted Hawke's Bay Today yesterday to say a previous report referring to her as McGregor's partner was incorrect. She said they were friends and had never been partners.

She said she did sometimes care for Ashlee.

"Ashlee is doing well and going to a Hastings school. I am also doing well and working," she said.

A police summary before court this week showed McGregor was driving the overloaded bike down a steep hill from a local lookout at about 11.20pm on January 2.

Despite being designed for only one driver and in poor condition with no brakes, he drove his daughter, Ms Lucas and two other adults sitting at the rear.

McGregor failed to negotiate a left-hand bend on Okaihau Rd, crossing the road to the right and dropping down the bank beside a tennis court. He is still recovering from his injuries and is in a wheelchair.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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