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Boy racers face manslaughter charges

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/03/2017

Two men accused of causing the deaths of four people following an alleged street race near Hamilton Airport are now facing manslaughter charges.

Dylan Cossey, 20, and Stephen Jones, 20, have already entered not guilty pleas to 11 other charges they're facing after a Nissan Skyline collided with a van on June 24, 2016.

Hamilton woman Hannah Lei Strickett-Craze, 24, Te Awamutu man Paul De Silva, 20, Lance Robinson, 28, of Te Awamutu, and Jason McCormick Ross, 19, of Stratford were all killed.

The driver of the van, Matthew Scheepers, who was travelling in the opposite direction, also suffered serious leg injuries as a result of the crash that split the Nissan in two.

Cossey has been charged with four counts of manslaughter, five of unnecessary exhibition of speed and one of failing to stop to render assistance.

His passenger, Jones, is facing four charges of manslaughter and five charges of encouraging unnecessary speed leading to the deaths of Mr Ross, Mr Robinson, Mr De Silva and Ms Strickett-Craze and the injuries to Mr Scheepers.

Both men, labourers from Hamilton, were on Thursday further remanded on bail to reappear in the Hamilton High Court on April 4.

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