Teen driver pleads not guilty to Christchurch crash that killed sisters

Author
Chelsea Daniels, Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 4 Aug 2020, 12:57PM
Sisters Tayla, left, and Sunmara Alexander. Photo / Supplied
Sisters Tayla, left, and Sunmara Alexander. Photo / Supplied

Teen driver pleads not guilty to Christchurch crash that killed sisters

Author
Chelsea Daniels, Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 4 Aug 2020, 12:57PM

A Canterbury teen has pleaded not guilty to a late-night crash that killed two sisters in Christchurch's Port Hills.

The 19-year-old is facing two counts of dangerous driving causing death, causing injury, and driving without the appropriate licence - after 17-year-old Tayla Alexander was killed in the crash on the Summit Rd in November last year.

Her sister Sunmara died in hospital just over two weeks later.

Judge Stephen O'Driscoll allowed continued name suppression until the Crown could put its case in a court appearance on October 22.

Jason Alexander with his daughters Tayla (left), and Sunmara. Photo / Supplied
Jason Alexander with his daughters Tayla (left), and Sunmara. Photo / Supplied

Beforehand, the judge issued a stern warning to family and friends to refrain from calling out or interrupting the court or they would be removed.

The teen will remain on bail until his next appearance.

Sunmara (left) and Tayla Alexander with their brother Dallas Thomson. Photo / Supplied
Sunmara (left) and Tayla Alexander with their brother Dallas Thomson. Photo / Supplied