Engineers are being accused of engineering the crash that claimed the life of a young woman on an Auckland street.
Key points:Jacobs Engineering is accused of causing the accident on Sunday nightThe woman died at a local hospitalJacobs engineers were questioned on TuesdayThe man who died was the only passenger in the carJacobs has been ordered to undergo further testingThe woman’s family and friends say they have been left devastated after learning of the fatal crash on Sunday.
It happened in the early hours of Sunday morning on O’Connell Street in the CBD, just a few metres from the O’Connor Hotel.
The woman was in the passenger seat when the car crashed.
Her family say she was not wearing a seatbelt, which could have prevented the car hitting the pedestrian.
“I think we’ve just been lied to about what happened.
I think the people that were driving that car should have known that,” said her mother, Jessica.”
We’ve had to deal with a lot of unanswered questions and we’re just really really angry.”
This is just really distressing and it’s upsetting.
“Jacobs engineer Adam Robinson is among those questioned on Monday and Tuesday.
He was involved in a collision in November that killed a 23-year-old man and seriously injured two others in Auckland.
He denies causing the crash and says the crash was caused by a malfunction in the brakes.
He says his engineering team were doing a test of the car’s control electronics in the weeks before the crash, but that the tests were done on an incorrect basis.
He is expected to appear before a magistrate at a later date.”
He’s been asked to answer questions about how the car came to a stop,” his lawyer, John Robinson, said.”
If there is any doubt as to his culpability, then the court should look at the evidence.
“It seems to be an open-and-shut case.
There’s nothing in the police report that suggests there was any fault by the Jacobs engineering team.”‘
The only reason we didn’t fix the brakes was because the engineers were in on the plan’Jacobs says it’s impossible to know whether the team had the brakes on at the time of the crash.
“You just can’t tell,” Mr Robinson said.
The driver of the vehicle, 21-year old Matthew Lonsdale, was arrested at the scene and is charged with dangerous driving causing death and two counts of causing a death in a motor vehicle.
The victim’s family have asked for an independent investigation.