Queenstown rally death charges dropped

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Charges laid against four volunteers after the death of two spectators at Queenstown’s Classic Road Race two years ago have today been withdrawn in the Invercargill District Court.

Meanwhile Motorsport New Zealand has pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal nuisance and will appear for sentencing in court on Friday.

Terence Robert Tubman, aged 35, of Queenstown, and James Bruce Mackie, 36, of Arrowtown, were killed when a Holden Torana driven by Blenheim's Kel McBeath ploughed into a group of spectators at the rally in November 1998.

The pair were in a group of six watching the race when two cars clipped each other.

The Torana left the road, was launched off a bank and became airborne.

After the accident, the track inspector for the race John Osborne faced four charges, including two counts of manslaughter. Three other voulnteers, William Forsythe, Keith Douglas and Russell Jenkins were each charged with criminal nuisance.

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