Woman charged after fatal New Year’s Eve crash

Nelson Police have today arrested and charged a 27-year-old Takaka woman in relation to a fatal crash on State Highway 60 at Appleby on New Year’s Eve.

The woman was the driver of a Nissan four-wheel-drive that collided with a Suzuki sedan being driven by Mathew Peter Dow of Canterbury.

Mr Dow died following the crash.

The woman has been charged with causing the death of Mr Dow while under the influence of drugs, causing injury to passengers in her vehicle while under the influence of drugs and driving with an insecure load.

"She also faces two charges relating to the neglect of children who were passengers in her vehicle," says police.

"All of these charges stem from the crash.

"The woman has been released on bail with the condition she is not to drive."

She is to appear in the Nelson District Court on Tuesday 23 January 2018.

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