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Pair in court over street racing deaths

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/12/2016

Two 19-year-old men charged over the deaths of four people while allegedly street racing near Hamilton Airport in June have appeared in court.

Dylan Cossey is facing four charges of street racing causing death and one charge of street racing causing injury, and failing to stop to render assistance.

His passenger Stephen John Jones is facing four charges of street racing causing death and one charge street racing causing injury for his incitement of Cossey to race the other car.

Lance Robinson, 28, Hannah Lei Strickett-Craze, 24, Paul De Silva, 20, and 19-year-old Jason McCormick Ross died after the Nissan Skyline they were travelling in collided with a plumbing van on Ohaupo road on June 24.

The driver of the van also suffered serious leg injuries as a result of the crash that split the Skyline in two.

Eye witnesses allege the vehicles involved had been racing between Te Awamutu and Hamilton on State Highway 3 before the accident happened.

Both men who are labourers from Hamilton were remanded on bail without plea to reappear in the Hamilton District Court on January 12.

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