A Chinese tourist has taken the parents of his woman passenger to the spot on the shores of Lake Pukaki where their daughter died when he crashed a car nine days ago.
The parents flew in from China for the meeting and received “heartfelt apologies” from Jing Huang, 36, who appeared wearing a neck brace and with his arm in a sling at the Christchurch District Court today.
The victim of the March 12 crash, Jing Jing Luo, was to be cremated and the ashes returned to China, said defence counsel Glenn Dixon as he told Judge Stephen O’Driscoll about the meeting with the parents.
Huang, who lives in Beijing, pleaded guilty today to the charge of careless driving causing death.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Grant Neal said the accident happened at 1pm on the Braemar-Mount Cook Station Road on the shore of Lake Pukaki, when Huang drifted into built-up shingle and lost control of the car.
The vehicle left the road and went over a bank, slammed into a rock, rolled and came to rest on its roof beside the lake. The woman, who was the front seat passenger, died at the scene.
Huang told police he had been driving along the road, but when the car started to slide everything had happened quickly – the next thing he knew they were upside down.
After the guilty plea was entered, the case was stood down for a formal restorative justice meeting to take place between Huang and the victim’s family.