Driver sentenced in Tauranga driveway death

Velma Zandstra. Photo / Bay of Plenty Times
Velma Zandstra. Photo / Bay of Plenty Times

The driver who struck and killed an 84-year-old in Tauranga has been sentenced to pay $500 reparation for emotional harm to her family.

Renee Marie Jones, 34, was also sentenced to 50 hours' community work over the death of Velma Zandstra.

Mrs Zandstra was hit when Jones pulled out of her driveway on Windsor Rd, Bellevue about 11am on October 10, 2012.

Jones pleaded guilty on May 3 to careless driving causing death.

Today Judge Robert Wolff did not impose a disqualification from driving on Jones because he said it would likely result in her losing her job - something Mrs Zandstra's family did not want.

The family indicated they would donate the $500 reparation payment to Ronald McDonald House and St John Ambulance, charities Mrs Zandstra supported.

- APNZ

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