Tourist driver admits fatal crash

A Chinese tourist driver who admitted causing a passenger’s death in a fiery crash near Cromwell on Sunday has been disqualified from driving before he heads home.

Thirty-nine-year-old He Huang was charged in Queenstown but the case was transferred to Christchurch where it was dealt with quickly by a community magistrate because the driver was due to return home soon.

Community Magistrate Jan Holmes convicted Huang of careless driving causing death and disqualified him from driving for eight months. It is understood a family member was killed in the crash.

Huang may face a delay before he can travel because all his travel documents were destroyed in the fire when the vehicle he was driving crashed on a straight stretch of State Highway 8 between Tarras and Cromwell soon after 3pm on Sunday.

One person was trapped in the car and died, but five others were able to get out. Two were taken to Dunedin Hospital by rescue helicopter and three were treated for minor injuries.

The car had hit a boulder embedded in a bank before rolling and bursting into flames.

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