3 Nov 2009

Man accused of deliberate fatal crash not 'suicidal' that morning

5:39 pm on 3 November 2009

A mental health nurse who assessed a man accused of deliberately causing a fatal car crash says he was not deemed to be suicidal the morning of the accident.

The Crown says Tony Worrell was drunk and wanting to kill himself when he ploughed into a car driven by Katie Powels, 26, in June last year.

Mr Worrell faces one charge of murder, one of causing grievous bodily harm and four of intentional damage.

He was admitted to Waitakere Hospital four days prior to the crash after mixing alcohol and prescription drugs.

A member of the mental health team that assessed him says Mr Worrell denied being suicidal and was deemed not to be at risk so was released the morning of the crash.

Later, after another drinking session, he drove into two cars at speed without braking, killing Katie Powels and seriously injuring another man.