10 Jul 2018

Man pleads not guilty after head-on collision

6:20 pm on 10 July 2018

A Nelson man has denied charges in relation to a car crash in which an unborn baby later died.

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Photo: St John / Lee Howell

Not guilty pleas were entered in the Nelson District Court today on behalf of Andrew Fleming, who was charged following the accident in Nelson in late April.

A woman's 30-week-old baby died five days after the head-on collision that injured her and her partner.

The baby was born in Nelson Hospital by an emergency caesarian delivery, and then flown to Wellington Hospital in a critical condition.

The 47-year-old was initially charged with careless driving causing injury, but the charges were altered recently to include: one of driving with excess blood alcohol causing death, another of causing injury, and another charge of careless use of a vehicle.

He did not appear in court today, but elected a jury trial later this year.