Accused street racers to fight charges after four die in horror Hamilton crash

Dylan Cossey, 20, of Hamilton plans to fight the six charges he faces over a crash which claimed the lives of four people in June last year. Photo / File
Dylan Cossey, 20, of Hamilton plans to fight the six charges he faces over a crash which claimed the lives of four people in June last year. Photo / File

Two 20-year-old men will fight charges of street racing causing death after a crash killed four people on the outskirts of Hamilton.

Dylan Cossey and Stephen John Jones, of Hamilton, reappeared in the Hamilton District Court today on a total of 11 charges after a crash that killed young friends Hamilton woman Hannah Lei Strickett-Craze, 24, Te Awamutu man Paul De Silva, 20, Lance Robinson, 28, of Te Awamutu, and Jason McCormick Ross, 19, of Stratford. Hamilton man Matthew Scheepers was seriously injured.

Stephen Jones leaves the Hamilton District Court with lawyer Mike Curran after appearing in the Hamilton District Court last month. Photo / File
Stephen Jones leaves the Hamilton District Court with lawyer Mike Curran after appearing in the Hamilton District Court last month. Photo / File

The crash happened on Ohaupo Rd, at the intersection of Ingram Rd, outside Hamilton Airport, on June 24 when a northbound Nissan Skyline collided with Scheepers' southbound van.

Jones pleaded not guilty to five charges of encouraging unnecessary speed leading to the injuries to Scheepers and the deaths of Ross, Robinson, De Silva and Strickett-Craze.

The scene of a car crash on Ohaupo Rd, Hamilton, which claimed four lives in June last year. Photo / Doug Sherring
The scene of a car crash on Ohaupo Rd, Hamilton, which claimed four lives in June last year. Photo / Doug Sherring

Cossey pleaded not guilty to four charges of operating a motor vehicle on a road causing death, another of operating a motor vehicle causing injury and failing to stop.

The charges have a maximum jail term of 10 years' prison or a $20,000 fine.

Jones and Cossey's bail conditions include not contacting victims or witnesses' families.

They were bailed to reappear in court in March.

- NZ Herald

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