Cyclist killed by elderly female drunk driver
Sun, 20 Sep 2009 5:40p.m.
By Demelza Leslie
The death of a cyclist near Otaki has prompted calls for mandatory manslaughter charges for drink drivers who kill on our roads.
New dad 46-year-old Frank van Kampen was cycling on a bike lane on state highway one at Te Horo when he was hit and killed by an elderly driver who had allegedly been drinking.
Ron Chatters is still in shock having witnessed the death of a close friend and work colleague by a woman driver he says had clearly been drinking.
“She was driving like an idiot, she was diabolical,” he says.
Mr van Kampen was cycling home from work on Friday afternoon when he was hit from behind.
The 46-year-old was a popular school teacher at Kapanui Primary School in Waikanae and had recently become a father.
Mr Chatters says the pensioner who drove into him should not be allowed behind the wheel again.
“She should be charged with manslaughter, I know she's 70 years old but that's no excuse,” he says.
3 News understands the 70-year-old woman blew twice the legal alcohol limit.
Police have suspended her license and say she is likely to face charges once the serious crash unit finishes its investigation.
Peter Jenkins of the Sensible Sentencing Trust says it is pushing for changes in the law making manslaughter charges mandatory for drink drivers who kill.
“The person has made a deliberate decision then result in the death of an innocent person,” he says.
Rebecca Williams of Alcohol Healthwatch says young people have picked up the message about drink-driving but it seems to be missing a generation.
Those taught by Mr van Kampen say he will be sorely missed.
A funeral date has not been decided yet but Kapanui Primary School says it is keen to be involved in any way it can.
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2/03/2010 1:03:40 p.m.
its not just drunk drivers.... look up facts about elderly drivers.... they used to make up 9 % of Canada's/USA's population yet they have 14% of accidnts, 18% of pedestrain fatalites, 13% of trafic fatalities, the list goes on and on, i feel sorry for anyone who must feel the pain of drunk and elderly drivers.
17/12/2009 3:25:16 p.m.
Just shows its not just the young one's who drink and drive Merry Christmas.
21/10/2009 5:29:16 p.m.
that man was my teacherim soooooo sad!!!
25/09/2009 9:52:17 p.m.
hayley lissington wrote:
Mr van Kampen just fitted in the puzzel perfect now he is missing from the puzzel mr van kampen you were such a great art teacher which i only had for 2 days cos then you passed away mr van kampen didnt derserve what he got and should still be here right here right now he is gone to soon it feels like part of me has been torn out and stepped on over and over when someone takes away a person that is special to you and everybody else what to do Kia Kaha stand strong thats what mr van kampen always said to me and everybody else you will never be forgotten always in our hearts kia kaha R.I.P Mr Van Kampen
21/09/2009 8:33:26 p.m.
Rest In Peace Mr Van Kampen . You Where An Amazing Teacher And Person You Will Be Missed But No Forgotten. My Thoughts And Prays Are With Your Family And The School. As Katie Said We All "Be Strong , Stand Tall" Like You Always Used To Say.
21/09/2009 8:32:32 p.m.
Good man we all will miss you
21/09/2009 6:48:30 p.m.
talia brewer wrote:
mr vk we are all going to miss you so much it still hasnt hit me that you are truley gone. every one is missing you young and old. you were one of the most greatest teaches in history of the world and kapanui will never the same again. you will always be in our hearts and we will remember you as the line dancing rugby player. but as katie said we will be strong kia kaha but we will remember you 4eva.
21/09/2009 5:32:06 p.m.
Emma Swanson wrote:
We will dearly miss you and your beautiful smile Franky!!! School will be different without you there working with us!To his partner, step son and daughter we all send our love and best wishes! he was such a lovely man - but you knew that :).Take carexoxo
21/09/2009 2:28:56 p.m.
ohhhhhhhhhhhh nooooooooooooooo soooooooooooo many people are being killed by drunk drivers they are gay dicks.
21/09/2009 3:15:53 a.m.
Why aren't some drink drivers being charged with manslaughter already?? Thats just ludicrous.
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