Sarah Bond Quad Bike Death – Prosecution Brought

from TVNZ

A Waikato adventure tourism company is to face charges over the death of a British backpacker in a quad bike accident a year ago.

Sarah Katie Bond, 24, died when she lost control of her quad bike and fell 50m down a steep bank on the Te Anga farm, 30km west of Waitomo Caves, last August.

She was part of a group on a day trip with Waitomo Big Red at the time.

The company will next month defend two charges laid by the Department of Labour in Te Kuiti District Court over her death, the Weekend Herald reported.

One charge under the Health and Safety in Employment Act relates to the duty of people who control a workplace to take all practicable steps to ensure that people are not harmed. The second charge under the Machinery Act relates to the operation of an amusement device.

The adventure company has been run by father-and-daughter team Bill and Sarah Johnston for more than 10 years.

Mr Johnston declined to comment before the court case.”

This prosecution is thought to be the fourth brought this year for an adventure activity related fatal accident (a total of 10 deaths)

The other cases relate to the death of British woman Emily Jordan who drowned whilst riverboarding, Catherine Peters who died in a fall from the Ballance Bridge Swing (Emily Jordan and Sarah Bond were British tourists) And six students and a teacher who drowned whilst canyoning in the Mangatepopo Gorge near Turangi.

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