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Mike Baltrop, the fellow ralliast and driver involved in the head-on crash that killed Possum Bourne was arrested today on a charge of dangerous driving causing death, following a lengthy investigation by NZ Police. He is due to appear in court in a couple of weeks to face the charge. I'll keep you informed.
 

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I never heard details about this accident. Was he driving the car and Possum was riding shotgun, or was he driving the other car involved in the collision?
 

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You will note Baltrop broke his silence on 31 August. Charges were laid here 9 September. The police have obviously more information and eye witness accounts than Baltrops version but I guess the courtd will decide and that is the most impartial setting for it.

As an aside, the other driver mentioned following Possum, Marty Rostenburg, is recovering after breaking his back during a recent Rally in Northland, New Zealand. It is doubtful whether he will race again.

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Reading his take on it, he indicates he pulled to the right to avoid a 600 foot drop on the left. Does'nt New Zealand drive on the left, therefore, he moved into PB's lane?
 

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>Reading his take on it, he indicates he pulled to the right
>to avoid a 600 foot drop on the left. Does'nt New Zealand
>drive on the left, therefore, he moved into PB's lane?

No... he says he pulled to right to avoid a 600 meter exposure, which is about 2000 feet. Which is to say: swerving to that side was not an option -- certainly not an instinctive response -- for either driver.

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600 feet, 600 meters, not much difference. About the only difference would have been the depth of the hole that they would have had to retrieve his flattened body from......
 

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To give you some idea of the terrain, the course is NZ's version of Pikes Peak, admittedly on a smaller scale but the drop on his left would have been substantial, so one way or another he ended up on the otherside of the road. Fottage from the accident scene showed Possum's car up a bank at the point of impact so whether he was going too fast, swerving or taking evasive action Possum was on his side of the road. Reports were that Baltrop was in a convoy of vehicles on reconnasance, dust was probably a factor but if Pos was on the wrong side of the road, surely someone in front of him would've got hit before Baltrop. All this aside, it is in the hands of the courts. Baltrop was remanded on bail without plea on Tuesday and will appear again next month.
 
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