Suppression on hit-and-run charge

Name suppression was granted to a 56-year-old Christchurch woman charged with failing to stop after the accident that allegedly killed Steffan Pearce-Loe on July 5.

The woman, from Burwood, was remanded on bail to appear again on January 24.

She has entered no plea to the charge that having been the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal accident, she failed without reasonable excuse to stop and ascertain whether anyone had been injured.

Mr Pearce-Loe was killed about 2.30am on the Gayhurst Road bridge in Dallington, as he walked his dogs.

The car allegedly involved was found about two days later, at a property several kilometres from the crash scene.

Police announced last week that they were charging the woman, and she was listed for a first appearance at the Christchurch District Court today, where a registrar granted her a remand which meant she did not have to appear in court before a judge.

The registrar granted name suppression at the request of defence counsel James Rapley QC.