Father charged in quad bike crash

The quad bike involved in the accident. Photo / Hawkes Bay Today
The quad bike involved in the accident. Photo / Hawkes Bay Today

The father of a six-year-old girl who was seriously injured when the quad bike she was riding with four adults crashed in Hawkes Bay has been charged in connection to the crash.

Daniel McGregor, 28, of Waimarama, who was driving the vehicle, has been charged with excess breath alcohol causing injury, one of reckless driving, one of cultivating cannabis, one of possessing cannabis and one of possessing utensils.

His six-year-old daughter, Ashlee Shorrock, suffered face, neck, spine and back injuries in the January 2 crash.

Three other people were also riding the quad bike at the time of the crash.

McGregor would appear in Hastings District Court on February 19, police said.

No one else involved in the crash has been charged.

McGregor's partner Stephanie Lucas was riding at the front of the quad bike with Ashlee in her lap when they were thrown from the vehicle on Okaihau Rd, Waimarama, shortly before midnight.

Ashlee was initially taken to Starship Children's Hospital in a critical condition, and has since been transferred to the Wilson Rehabilitation Centre in Auckland.

Ms Lucas had a broken jaw and a severed little finger which has been stitched back on.

McGregor's uncle, Steve Petrowski, earlier this month told the Herald on Sunday his nephew had been transferred to Middlemore Hospital after losing feeling in his legs.

Police said they would not comment further now the case was before the courts.

- APNZ

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