Charges Laid

Woman charged following cyclist’s death

6th November 2009
Police News Release

A pic of police carCharges have been laid against a 70-year-old Te Horo woman, Alison Downer,
following the  death of a cyclist in Te Horo on 18th September.
The crash occurred about 4.45pm on State Highway 1 at Te Horo when
the bike was hit from behind by the woman’s Mazda station wagon
Both were travelling north along the highway.
46-year-old Frank Van Kampen, a teacher who lived in Otaki with his partner
and baby daughter, died at the scene.
Mr Van Kampen worked at Kapanui school, Waikanae, and was a very fun loving and
caring teacher.
The community and school were shocked and saddened at the loss of a great teacher,
friend, husband and father who all came together on the day of his funeral where there
was over 1000 in attendance.
Following a breath test failure by the Mazda driver, her licence was
suspended pending a serious crash investigation. That investigation is now
complete and the woman has been charged with driving with excess alcohol
causing death.
She will appear in the Levin District Court on Thursday, 12 November 2009