Tourist faces four charges over fatal crash

Court House-Sept-2013-08A 52-year-old Dutch tourist charged with causing three deaths and injury in a car crash near Rakaia on Saturday has been granted a registrar’s remand for five weeks at the Christchurch District Court.

Johannes Jacobus Appelman was remanded without plea to instruct defence counsel Phil Shamy.

He remains on bail for the appearance on July 10. The registrar’s remand meant that he did not need to appear in court before a judge today.

He faces charges of careless driving causing the death of Abigail Ann Hone, 12, her best friend Ella Yasmin Summerfield, also 12, and Ella’s mother Sally Vanessa Summerfield, 49, who were passengers in a car he allegedly struck after failing to stop at an intersection.

He is also charged with careless driving causing injury to Shane Summerfield, 48, who was driving, who was flown to Christchurch Hospital with serious injuries.

The police allege Appelman failed to stop at an intersection near Rakaia and crashed into the side of the other vehicle. He was treated for minor injuries at Ashburton Hospital. He appeared at the Court House with one arm apparently in a sling beneath his clothing.

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