No charges since Christmas crash that killed Arrowtown butcher

by Kim Bowden - Jan 18, 2024

It is still unknown whether charges will be laid after a crash on the outskirts of Arrowtown before Christmas that left a local butcher dead.

Outrega Anderson, also known as Tré Anderson, was killed in the two-vehicle crash near the Crown Range and State Highway Six junction in mid-December.

A spokesperson for Queenstown police says the investigation is ongoing and could take several months.

Any charges will not be laid until its conclusion.

Police earlier confirmed to Crux they "received a report of traffic offending a short time before the vehicle collision", on Saturday, December 16.

Local residents had also posted on social media of a vehicle on the state highway being driven erratically and crossing the centre line earlier that morning.

Police also confirmed routine "impairment tests" were undertaken, however the results of any tests have not been made public to date.

Mr Anderson was the head butcher at Nadia Lim's Royalburn Station.

Meanwhile South Island company Paul Smith Earthmoving confirmed in the days after the fatal crash one of its employees was also involved in the incident and was seriously injured in hospital.

In a statement at the time they said they would be looking into the matter, "when appropriate to do so".

The civil construction company has so far declined to provide Crux with a requested update on the situation.

In late December police confirmed to Crux the person had been released from hospital.

Main image (Facebook/Royalburn Station): The team at Royalburn Station near Arrowtown are mourning the loss of valued employee and friend Outrega (Tré) Anderson.

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