Carterton, New Zealand: Mother speaks out following guilty plea

13 Oct

The mother of a 15-year-old daughter who was killed on the Wiltons Road level crossing in Carterton, Wellington Region, on February 17th, 2013 has spoken out about the high-risk level crossing. The driver of the vehicle in which the girl was travelling survived the collision has pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated careless use of a motor vehicle causing death. He is due to be sentenced next month.

Sally Diedrichs, has drawn attention to her daughter’s death being the second to have occurred on the Wiltons Road level crossing with a previous fatal accident in May 2002. Also, Mrs Diedrichs has said that the majority of the families living in proximity to the Wiltons Road level crossing having been involved in incidents at the crossing. The crossing is protected by stop signs and there are now rumble strips on the approach to the level crossing. However, as the use made of this level crossing remains low and with a more than ten-year gap between fatal accidents, the crossing is not presently on KiwiRail’s priority list for a further upgrade in the protection arrangements at this passive level crossing.

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