Manslaughter charge over crash

A 26-year-old Christchurch man has been charged with manslaughter over a fatal crash in Russley on January 2.

Richard Robert Tranter, a garage attendant from Linwood, faced three new charges relating to the crash when he appeared by video-link at the Christchurch District Court today.

Tranter was already in custody facing other charges when the crash charges were laid.

Judge David Saunders remanded him in custody to appear in the High Court on June 29.

He declined to hear a bail application today, saying it would be best for the High Court to consider it, if a suitable address for electronically monitored bail became available.

Jack Keith Munro, 23, of Christchurch received fatal injuries in the crash at 10.35pm on June 2. He died in hospital the next day.

It was reported that the crash at the corner of Russley Road and Bentley Street involved two cars and a parked car. One other person was injured.

Today, Tranter faced a charge of dangerous driving causing the death of Mr Munro, and driving with 112mg of alcohol to 100ml of blood. The legal limit for driving is 50mg, and levels over 80mg lead to prosecution in court.

He is also charged that being the driver of a BMW car he omitted to take reasonable care to avoid danger and committed manslaughter by causing the death of Mr Munro.

Manslaughter charges must be sent to the High Court.

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