Crash victims grateful for support


The victims of a crash that left them homeless for more than a month spent their first night back at their Orwell St house on Saturday.

Paul and Louise Daley, who were injured and had their house nearly destroyed when a car ploughed through a bedroom and into their lounge at about 8.30pm on August 2, were told they could move back home over the weekend after repairs were completed.

Mrs Daley said they had a container of new furniture delivered on Friday and were able to spend their first night back home on Saturday.

On Friday, she said she was apprehensive about moving back, however, construction on a concrete block wall outside the house would begin today, to give the couple peace of mind.

She was also grateful for all the support she had received from people in the community.

“I’m just very appreciative of everybody who’ve helped us.”

As a result of the crash, the council put up a tyre wall outside the property on Friday, August 22. Over the years, numerous cars have missed the corner and landed in the Daleys’ and neighbouring properties, although none of the incidents have caused as much damage as the August 2 crash.

Joshua Scott Gordon, 22, an Oamaru freezing worker, was remanded on bail on August 13, to reappear in the Oamaru District Court on October 22 in relation to the incident.

He has been charged with driving with an excess breath alcohol level of 950mcg causing injury and reckless driving causing injury.


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