19 Feb 2013

Crash victim's family billed for clean-up

8:00 pm on 19 February 2013

The New Zealand Transport Agency has billed the mother of a teenager involved in a near-fatal car crash for almost $1400.

Romy Goodfellow, 19, spent about seven weeks in hospital with serious head and neck injuries after she lost control while driving her mother's car near Napier in June last year.

Shorna Goodfellow says she was shocked that within days of the accident the transport agency billed her for the cost of contractors, traffic control and clean-up for the four hours that the road was closed.

Mrs Goodfellow says her insurer AMI told her it has never heard of such a charge and does not believe it is standard practice.

But a spokesperson for the NZTA says it has sought and recovered costs for damage from at-fault drivers for more than a decade.