Drugs, booze in system of driver in fatal SH6 Christmas crash

by Kim Bowden - Feb 09, 2024

Police have laid fresh charges related to the car crash that left a Queenstown butcher dead in the weeks before Christmas.

Hayden Richard Hurst, of Cromwell, is accused of driving under the influence of drugs when the crash happened.

Police allege the 28 year old had taken ecstasy prior to colliding with another vehicle on State Highway Six, near the Arrowtown junction, on the morning of December 16.

Outrega Anderson - also known as Tré Anderson - was driving the second vehicle and was killed by the impact.

Mr Hurst is already facing drink driving charges.

He recorded a blood alcohol level of 131 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood when he hit Mr Anderson's vehicle.

The legal limit is 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood.

Mr Hurst is scheduled to appear in the Queenstown District Court on March 25.

He was also seriously injured in the crash.

Main image (Facebook): Crash victim Tré Anderson was an employee of Nadia Lim's Royalburn Station.

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