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Hit and run driver admits story false
By MAT KERMEEN
HE FIRST claimed to be a good
samaritan, but an Oxford man
has finally accepted responsibility
for a hit and run incident.
Regan Grey Murray, 22,
pleaded guilty to the charges of
aggravated careless driving caus-
ing death or injury and failing to
report an injury accident within
24 hours when he appeared in the
Rangiora Court at Nga Hau e
Wha marae on Wednesday.
The court heard Murray left the
Oxford Working Men's Club at
approximately 10.35pm after
playing in a pool tournament on
He had been at the establish-
ment just short of four hours and
had consumed an unknown
amount of alcohol.
Despite living 800 metres from
the working men's club, Murray
got in his 1984 Toyota Hilux and
drove north along High St before
he skidded into Church St. Mur-
ray travelled 80 metres down the
grass verge on the wrong side of
Church Rd before slamming into a
pedestrian walking on the foot-
path, according to the police sum-
mary of facts.
The impact sent the woman fly-
ing 14m through the air and
knocked her unconscious.
The victim suffered concussion
and whiplash which is still troub-
ling her eight weeks after the inci-
Murray phoned emergency ser-
vices at about 10.51pm and told
them he had found a woman who
had been struck by a car.
He then drove the 300m to his
home before getting his dog and
going back to the scene on his
Playing the role of an innocent
bystander, Murray spoke to police
at the scene.
Police later seized Mr Murray's
Hilux and he was
duly charged after
investigation. After his arrest,
Murray said a medical problem
had caused him to drift off the
road and strike the woman, so he
panicked and made up the
Murray was remanded on bail
while a probation report and
updated victim impact statement
were to be sought. Murray will be
sentenced on January 25.
Students build own facilities
take a break on
the tables they
beams from the
PROUD: Mitchell Hudson-Conelly, 16,
Nicohle Wright, 19, Tracey Andrews,
21, and Michael Denny, 16, take a
break in the stunning courtyard area.
By MAT KERMEEN
A KAIAPOI High School initiative
is manufacturing quality workers
for the rebuild of Canterbury.
Members of the year 12 tech-
nology building course proudly
showed their latest handiwork to
invited guests, sponsors and mem-
bers of the community at the
opening of their outdoor teaching
area on Thursday.
With sustainability in mind the
group recycled timber beams
salvaged from the demolished
Blackwells mens wear depart-
ment in Kaiapoi.
Waimakariri mayor David
Ayers opened the new courtyard
that looked more suited to a lavish
al fresco area than an outdoor
Principal Bruce Kennedy said it
was a proud day for the school --
he was clearly thrilled with the
I love bringing other prin-
cipals, parents or visitors through
this area. As a school we are so
proud of what these guys have
achieved,'' he said.
Mr Kennedy said it was an
exciting option for the school to
have the outdoor learning area
that would be used for classes as
well as a study area.
Mark Forster of the Building
and Construction industry train-
ing organisation said the industry
would be screaming out for work-
ers of the students' calibre as the
rebuild wound into full swing.
This course has really engaged
these boys. They have proved they
have the right attitude, work ethic
and ability that employers are
looking for. ''
He said what past students had
already achieved in the work force
was testament to the programme.
Heaping praise on Kaiapoi High
School Mr Forster rated their
course as right up there with the
best in the country.''
Mr Kennedy paid tribute to
technology teacher Peter Graham
who is the driving force behind
He has inspired this group of
students and the end result is
Mr Graham started the level 2
course for year 12 students four
years ago and said it had been
hugely successful for all parties.
Out of last year's group I think
almost all of them secured some
sort of trade apprenticeship or
pre-trade course and there's a few
in this group that already have
employment sorted for next year.''
Mr Graham said the students'
commitment was outstanding.
We started pouring the con-
crete at 5am and they were all
here. I think we finished around
10pm that night but they're all so
keen and happy in what they are
doing that it's not a problem to
They have even worked some
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