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Tourist driver who killed motorcyclist after crossing yellow lines has most serious charge dropped

The tourist who crossed double yellow lines and killed a motorcyclist has had the more serious charges of aggravated driving causing death and injury dropped against him.

Instead, Singaporean Wei Kiong Lew has been convicted and will be sentenced on the lesser charge of aggravated careless driving.

Wei Lew, 29, was driving a rental car at 120km/h when he crossed double yellow lines into the path of several oncoming vehicles near Hampden, south of Oamaru on November 29 last year.

Six vehicles were damaged in the accident, including the motorcycle of 39-year-old Craig Chambers.

Mr Chambers, of Motueka, died at the scene. Three other people were injured, including Lew's partner who suffered serious head injuries.

Lew will appear at Dunedin District Court for sentencing on June 3.

A motorcyclist was killed when Wei Kiong Lew crossed some double yellow lines last year. Source: 1 NEWS