Driving death charge denied

Court House-07A man who police allege caused the death of Noel Cruza Campilan in June by his careless driving has pleaded not guilty to the charge in the Christchurch District Court.

Michael Joseph Johnsen, 58 from Lake Grassmere in Marlborough, is a heavy truck-tanker driver. He represented himself in court to enter his plea.

It is alleged his truck and trailer collided with Mr Campilan’s ute on State Highway 1 at Greta Valley on Queen’s Birthday weekend.

Judge Tony Couch remanded Johnsen for a case review hearing on December 5.

Johnsen told the court that the police had provided him with their disclosure today.

The crash, which killed the 46-year-old father of two, occurred on State Highway 1, about one km south of Scargill Valley Road about 6.15pm on Saturday June 4. He was the sole occupant of the ute.

 

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