A Dutch tourist has been remanded on bail after an appearance in Christchurch District Court this morning over the deaths of three people in a car smash at the weekend.

Johannes Jacobus Appelman, 52, did not enter a plea on three counts of careless use of a vehicle causing death and one charge of careless use of a vehicle causing injury.

Appelman, who has been discharged from hospital after suffering minor injuries in the crash, was alleged to have run a stop sign at the Thompsons Track and Somerton Road intersection near Rakaia, his car colliding with a Volvo carrying four people from Christchurch on their way to visiting family friends at Lake Ohau.

Johannes Jacobus Appelman walks into the Christchurch District Court this morning. Photo / Martin Hunter

Christchurch woman Sally Vanessa Summerfield, 49, her daughter Ella Yasmin Summerfield, 12, and Ella's friend Abi Hone, 12, were killed instantly in the crash. Ms Summerfield's 48-year-old husband Shane, who was driving, suffered serious injuries.


Appelman, who was represented by Christchurch lawyer Phil Shamy, appeared before a registrar and was remanded to reappear on July 10.

He made no comment as he left court.

The crash site.
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- Ashburton Guardian