Police allege the drivers swapped seats after a crash in Christchurch in which two men were killed.
Charges against four men alleging involvement in the September 25 incident have been brought in Christchurch District Court.
The accident took place at 7.40pm on Halswell Junction Rd, near the intersection of Shands Rd, when a vehicle and a car collided.
Two of the car’s four occupants were killed and two others were taken to hospital in critical and serious condition.
Both occupants of the ute were taken to hospital with moderate injuries.
Police have named the dead men as Mark Graham Nicholl, 30, and William John Clark, 29, both from Christchurch, who were found dead at the scene.
In court today, Matthew Allan Gibbons, 21, from Christchurch, was charged with willfully attempting to pervert the course of justice by ‘switching the driver’s seat following your involvement in a fatal car accident’.
Mark Nicholl Junior, one of the men killed in the September 2021 crash. Photo/Facebook
He was returned without a plea to appear again before a clerk on May 11.
A 54-year-old Linwood man faced the same charge, in addition to participating in the alleged dangerous driving of another man – Shanan Nicholl – which caused both deaths and injured another man.
The Linwood man had failed to show up at the registrar’s counter hours after his stated appearance time.
Shanan Nicholl, 28, of Waltham, was dismissed by a clerk without a plea for another appearance on May 10.
He is charged with dangerous driving causing both deaths and injuries.
Ricky William Nicholl, a 30-year-old worker from Hororata, has been charged with willfully attempting to pervert the course of justice by swapping seats after his involvement in the fatal crash and participating in the dangerous driving that took place caused two deaths and one injury.
He was also remanded to May 10 by a clerk, without a plea.
– by David Clarkson, Open Justice