New Zealand police have confirmed that a man has been charged in connection with the death of Roscommon native, Declan Curley.

It is reported that police in Wellington charged a man in relation to the fatal crash in central Wellington which occurred on Saturday the 12th of February.

The crash occurred on Dixon Street early in the morning, when a pedestrian was struck by a car.

The driver of the car, a 21-year-old Wainuiomata man, has been charged with dangerous driving causing death and excess breath alcohol causing death.

The man is next scheduled to appear in Wellington District Court on the 20th of June.

Mr Curley was from Clonark South Roscommon and had recently turned 37.

He was working as a credit control manager with Momentum Consulting Group in New Zealand’s capital city, and was praised by his employer as a “positive and hard-working individual”.

A former St Aloysius College student, he played underage football with Clann na nGael GAA Club, which expressed its sincere condolences to his friends and family.

A fundraising campaign was established by his many friends and family to help repatriate his body to Ireland for his funeral with £50,000 raised for the Kevin bell Repatriation Trust.

Organisers of the fund said that “our beloved” Declan Curley was suddenly taken from us in tragic circumstances.

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