Pilot admits crash that caused critical injuries

Court House-Sept-2013-06Police are monitoring the medical condition of the man who is in hospital with brain injuries after a crash at Rolleston on Wednesday and warn that he “still might pass away”.

An international airline pilot from Singapore has admitted two charges of reckless driving causing injury.

Families of the two victims – who remain in hospital, one of them in intensive care – have been flown to Christchurch by the man’s employer.

Benjamin Yonghao Wu, 32, pleaded guilty in the Christchurch District Court today and was remanded on bail to Monday, when he may be sentenced.

No summary of facts was read in court, after his guilty pleas, at the suggestion of defence counsel Kerry Cook. Judge Jane McMeeken agreed that in the interests of all parties, reporting needed to be balanced and the summary would be read at the sentencing when submissions could be made.

He was allegedly driving a car involved in a two-vehicle crash at the corner of Weedons Ross Road and Maddisons Road, which left a man in critical condition and a woman in stable condition following surgery.

Mr Cook said $15,000 had been brought into the country and would be offered to the victims as emotional harm reparations, to be divided up as the court wished.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Glenn Pascoe asked for a week’s delay for the sentencing so that the police could get more details about the injuries to the victims and could present the families’ views at sentencing. He said the stability of the victim in intensive care was still unknown and he “still might pass away”.

“Medical information is still uncertain when someone is in ICU,” he said.

Mr Cook opposed the delay, and the judge agreed to a shorter remand to Monday for a possible sentencing.

Wu, who is staying in a hotel during the remand, was granted bail but he is not allowed to drive and he is not allowed to travel outside Christchurch. Police already have his passport.

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