Truck driver involved in Muri crash pleads guilty

Friday 16 October 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Crime, National


Truck driver involved in Muri crash pleads guilty
The remains of the motorbike involved on the night of September 26. 20092704

Truck driver involved in Muri crash granted interim name suppression until next court appearance in November.

The female driver of a Landcruiser that was involved in a horrific motor vehicle crash in Muri last month has pleaded guilty to the charge of excess blood alcohol. Due to “serious issues related to the charge”, the accused was yesterday granted interim name suppression by Justice of the Peace Bernice Manarangi. Her excess blood alcohol result was “100 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood”. The accident took place on September 26, in front of the Vara Nui complex in Muri where the female driver was heading from Avarua to Titikaveka. Motorcyclist Gelvin Quinones was travelling in the opposite direction towards Avarua from Titikaveka and it is alleged, he collided with the truck. The horrific crash resulted in the death of Filipino expat worker Quinones, 40. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Rarotonga Hospital and died a few days later from serious head injuries sustained in the accident. Defence lawyer Norman George requested a three to four week adjournment saying that this is a significant charge and a probation report is needed. George requested interim name suppression on the condition that the suppression expires on the sentencing date because the defendant had no previous convictions and she needed to sort some things out. George said: “It is a tragic accident resulting in a death, there are horrible rumours and allegations but there is no likelihood of any other charges following.” Police prosecutor senior sergeant Tuaine Manavaroa said that suppression of names is not a right but a privilege and that George needed to convince the court that it was justified in this matter. JP Manarangi granted interim name suppression and adjourned the matter to November 12 for sentencing.