Singapore tourist charged with dangerous driving after fatal crash in New Zealand appears in court

The aftermath of the Nov 29 car crash involving Singaporean Lew Wei Kiong.
The aftermath of the Nov 29 car crash involving Singaporean Lew Wei Kiong. PHOTO: @GUNNY_NZ/INSTAGRAM

SINGAPORE - Singaporean Lew Wei Kiong appeared in a New Zealand court for the first time on Tuesday (Dec 22) following an accident that killed a motorcyclist earlier this year.

The 29-year-old turned up at the Dunedin District Court and had four charges brought against him - one count of dangerous driving causing death and three counts of dangerous driving causing injury.

Stuff.co.nz, which carried a picture of Lew leaving the court, reported that he was followed by his supporters.

Lew, who works as a senior analyst at the Energy Market Authority (EMA), was remanded without plea.

He is due in court again on Jan 26 next year.

Lew, who had been on holiday in New Zealand's south island with a 31-year-old female colleague, was involved in the four-vehicle crash on Nov 29 when he crossed the double yellow lines on the state highway in North Otago - about 20km south of Oamaru - in an alleged attempt to overtake a group of cars.

 
 

The rented red Toyota he was driving collided with two cars and a motorcycle travelling in the opposite direction.

The motorcyclist, 39-year-old Craig Alan Chambers, died at the scene, while five other people were hurt.

It is understood that Lew's female colleague was among those who suffered injuries and had to be taken to hospital.

An EMA spokesman had confirmed to The Straits Times on Dec 9 that two of its staff members had been in a car accident while on holiday in New Zealand.