Charges dropped after defendant dies in crash

August 4, 2017 | By More

Police have dropped eight charges against a man killed in a crash in a stolen work van on Tuesday afternoon.

Jeremiah Jason Dick, 30, was killed when the van stolen from a work site at a house in Innes Road collided with a utility vehicle at the Cranford Street intersection only a few hundred metres away.

The occupant of the utility vehicle was shaken but unhurt.

Dick died at the scene after the contractor’s van rolled in the crash. It had been stolen from a grass verge in front of the home about 1pm.

Dick’s various charges were called before Judge Gary MacAskill in the Christchurch District Court this afternoon.

The police prosecutor asked to withdraw all the charges after defence counsel Phillip Allan explained that Mr Dick had been killed.

The charges were wilful damage, unlawfully taking a vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, theft, driving while disqualified – aggravated by two previous similar convictions – possession of cannabis, failure to answer District Court bail, and breach of a community work sentence.

Judge MacAskill granted the eight withdrawals.


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