The husband of a woman killed in a head-on car crash in Putaruru last week has been charged in relation to her death.

William Korell made his first appearance in Hamilton District Court yesterday, charged with careless use of a motor vehicle causing death, said Inspector Brent Crowe.

Mr Crowe could not confirm when Korell would make his next court appearance.

The crash happened on the evening of February 22 on Waotu Rd, near the intersection with Old Taupo Rd in the South Waikato region.


Korell and his wife were tourists in New Zealand and had hired a rental car, which Korell was driving at the time of the crash.

He was taken to Waikato Hospital with serious injuries.

His wife died at the scene.

The vehicle they collided with contained two people who were unhurt.