2 Sep 2010

Driver charged over unrestrained children in car

1:46 pm on 2 September 2010

Bay of Plenty police have charged the driver of a crashed car for failing to ensure five children in the vehicle were correctly restrained.

The children, aged between 11 and four months, were thrown from the car when it struck a crash barrier on State Highway 2, east of Te Puke, in July.

Three of the children received moderate to serious injuries and one was flown by helicopter to Auckland's Starship Hospital where she remained in a coma for seven days and underwent surgery to release pressure on her brain.

A 35-year-old Auckland woman will appear in the Tauranga District Court facing three charges of careless driving causing injury and five of criminal nuisance for failing to ensure the children were restrained.